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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Rafizi: Questions regarding loan repayment prompted Kajang Move

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR claims it has six reasons why it thinks Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim cannot be Selangor Mentri Besar.

PKR compiled a 91-page dossier of his alleged failings to persuade its partners in Pakatan Rakyat to go along with its decision to nominate its president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Khalid’s replacement.

The dossier, addressed to PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, was distributed to the DAP and PAS leadership yesterday.

PKR’s litany of allegations covered Khalid’s out-of-court settlement with Bank Islam over a RM67mil debt, the state water restructuring deal, the Kidex project, garbage collection and potholes, and the increase in business licence fees.

Pandan MP and PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, who made public the dossier last night, said questions regarding Khalid’s repayment of a 1995 Bank Islam loan prompted the Kajang Move.

Speaking at a forum here yesterday, Rafizi said there were questions when a suit over the loan, set to be heard before the Federal Court, was suddenly settled out of court.

“It was a red flag as far as transparency was concerned as Bank Islam withdrew a very strong case in their favour,” said Rafizi, adding that when Khalid was asked to explain the out-of-court settlement at a meeting with Pakatan leaders, he was unable to give a satisfactory explanation as to why the bank dropped the suit.

“He said that he had a suit against Permodalan Nasional Berhad and that the bank would accept some of his award from the suit to pay the remainder of his debt,” said Rafizi.

Meanwhile, PJ Utara MP Tony Pua said DAP had “higher hopes” for developing Selangor which had not been fulfilled.

“Who remembers the Klang River cleaning project? There has been no progress until today. It has been five years – but it has not begun,” said Pua.

He said that a large portion of the RM3bil reserves of Selangor came from money that should have been spent on the state.

Pua added: “There was a three-week period in the time of water rationing where it was not needed. But the Selangor government continued it.”


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