SHAH ALAM, 12 Apr: The State Government hopes that the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) will determine the accuracy of facts and the law in detail before making any allegations regarding the function of the Selangor Interim Government.
Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is committed in ensuring that the bureaucracy works but is always careful to not misuse public funds for the 13th General Election (GE-13) campaigning purposes.
He said that the State Executive Council, on 13 February 2012, approved the guidelines prepared by the Selangor State Legal Advisor regarding the functions and jurisdiction of a provisional government.
“The guidelines was prepared based on the Selangor State Constitution (1959) that stated, among others, that an interim government consists of a Chief Minister and the State Executive Council (Exco),” said Abdul Khalid.
He said this in a media statement.
Abdul Khalid explained that the Selangor State Constitution states that an interim government exists starting once the Selangor State Assembly is dissolved until the first sitting of the newly elected Members of the State Assembly.
The interim government must refrain from making new policies, to amend existing policies or to make new contracts and agreements.
“Therefore, the interim government is free to continue with policies, programmes and to implement decisions made in the Selangor State Assembly and the State Executive Council before the State Assembly was dissolved,” said Abdul Khalid.
He said that regarding the use of official vehicles, the State Legal Advisor has stated that members of the interim government can use any property, equipment or government machinery in daily official tasks and for public purposes.
However, property, equipment or machinery of the State cannot be used for political purposes.
Abdul Khalid said that in regards to the RM300 bonus to state employees, the bonus was decided in the State Exco Meeting on 3 April 2013, the same date the State Government approved the grant for the community policy.
“Meanwhile the Land Grant to the people of Bestari Jaya is part of the home ownership programme launched in 2010.
“It was in the same year that the state government gave exemptions to landowners who could not afford to pay the minimum premium of RM1,000 to receive assistance from the government by doing charitable work in exchange,” he said.
He added that the State Government Legal Advisor informed him that the Interim Government is only implementing the decision that was already made.
It is to ensure that the interests and welfare of the people of Selangor are not affects and is constantly maintained during the period of the Interim Government.
Decisions and actions made are in no way to win votes or the like, and does not conflict with the code of conduct of the Interim Government.