Selangor Government Enacts Circular to Clarify Interim Government’s Functions


PETALING JAYA, 5 Apr: The Selangor Government which is administered by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) became the first state to enact a circular to explain the functions and limitations of the interim government after the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

PKR Deputy President, Azmin Ali, in a press conference at the PKR headquarters today said that among the contents of the circular is information about restrictions of using government assets for campaigning purposes and to ensure that public officials are not in favour of any party.

The circular which was issued on 19 February has already bee gazetted and distributed to all parties.

“The concept of a caretaker government is a test to assess whether Pakatan Rakyat (PR) or Umno-BN is truly fair and uphold the spirit of democracy.

“All this while, the people have been victims of Umno-BN who uses government resources and machinery to campaign even after dissolution.

“Fairness will not betray principles of democracy, we will uphold all principles of democracy, starting from the appreciation of the practice of the interim government as a respect to the people’s rights and all contesting parties,” he said.

Among the stated are:

1. Civil servants throughout the campaign period must be fair and not favour any party.

2. Any use of assets or facilities and state employees for political or campaigning purposes is prohibited (use of official vehicles and government buildings including meeting rooms, government phones, fax machines, email and government-owned computers).

“All parties should comply with the instructions as set in this circular.

“The actions of the State Government are totally different with the Federal Government, where its ministers just referred to the attorney general to draft the guidelines for the interim government,” he added.

He also confirmed that the official vehicles belonging to the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) assigned to him has been returned as a move to respect the interim government.

He said that the action should be emulated by Umno-BN to prove that they do not use state assets as they like for political gain.

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