SHAH ALAM, 5 Feb 2009: Selangor opposition leader Datuk Seri Mohamad Khir Toyo said he will not apologise to Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim or retract his statement on the maintenance of his Lexus SUV and purchase of cattle for sacrifice during Aidiladha.
He said on the contrary, it was the menteri besar who should apologise to the people of Selangor for using government money for personal gain.
“The menteri besar must realise that as opposition leader, it is my job to monitor the state government as enshrined in the federal and Selangor constitutions.
“I have the facts that government money had been used to buy the cattle and to tint his personal car. I am exposing this because I cannot stand the abuse and want him to correct them,” he told a press conference here today.
Yesterday Khalid, via his lawyer S N Nair sent Khir a letter of demand asking him to apologise and retract the statements published in Utusan Malaysia on 23 Jan and the News Straits Times on 15 Jan.
Nair said Khir had seven days to reply to the letter failing which he would file a summons against the former Selangor menteri besar.
Asked about the summons threat, Khir said: “No problems. I had been sued by Ronnie Liu and Teresa Kok (Selangor Exco members) before. It seems to me that their main job is to sue the opposition leader.
“They just want to scare me. When I was the menteri besar, the opposition also criticised me but I did not act against them.”
Khir said he got the information on the maintenance of Khalid’s personal car via the weblog mykmu.net.
On 21 Jan, Gerakan Rakyat Anti Korupsi (People’s Anti-Corruption Movement) or Gerak lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) alleging that Khalid had used government money to buy 46 heads of cattle for sacrifice during Aidiladha.
Yesterday, Gerak again lodged a report with MACC claiming Khalid had used RM7,779 of government money to maintain his Lexus SUV. — Bernama