SHAH ALAM, 21 Jan 2009: Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has denied that he had used state funds to sponsor 46 heads of cattle for meat distribution to constituents of Bandar Tun Razak during Aidiladha last December.
He said the cattle, valued at over RM110,000, were sponsored by subsidiaries and associate companies of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), which wanted the meat to be distributed to suraus in the constituency.
Khaled is the Member of Parliament of the constituency.
“There is no question of abuse of power and furthermore, it was members of the public who benefited from the effort,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting here today.
He was responding to Gerakan Rakyat Anti-Korupsi (Gerak Malaysia) lodging a report today regarding the matter with the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission.
Gerak’s chairperson, Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus, among others had alleged that Khalid had used state funds in the matter.
On other matters, Khalid said the state government had set up a special committee, which will be chaired by himself, to closely monitor the employment situation in the state in the wake of the global economic crisis.
He said the committee, which would be made up state executive councillors and union representatives, would meet once a week from 30 Jan.
He also said that the state government was informed that the Appeals Court today had upheld an appeal filed by residents of Kampung Sungai Terentang in Rawang which sought to prevent Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) from building transmission towers in their village.
He added that the state government would cooperate with TNB to find alternative sites to erect the towers as they were part of the utility’s project to ensure smooth supply of electricity to 6.5 million households.
The project had been delayed by a year because of the court hearing. — Bernama