Merdeka spirit: Khalid handing over the Jalur Gemilang to state secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi (left) in conjunction with the Merdeka celebrations at Dewan Jubli Perak in Shah Alam. Looking on is Yayasan Selangor general manager Ismail Idris.
SHAH ALAM: Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, in a speech that sounded like it was his last as Selangor Mentri Besar, extolled the six-year achievements of the state government before a crowd of civil servants here.
Speaking at the monthly assembly of the state civil service yesterday, he thanked them for selflessly working for the development of the state.
“With your help, I managed to save RM3bil in the water restructuring exercise,” he said.
“In fact, there is no additional costs in the exercise as the cost of RM2bil was cushioned by the Water Asset Management Company (PAAB) and RM7.65bil through liabilities takeover by PAAB’s concessionaires,” he added.
Concerning allegations that he reaped RM13bil from the deal, he said: “That does not even make sense.”
Khalid apologised for making some of the civil servants work until midnight on Saturday.
“It was not easy but all of you did it,” he added.
Khalid also took to task certain quarters for accusing him of wrongdoings in the administration of the state and his out-of-court settlement with Bank Islam over the RM66.67mil Kumpulan Guthrie Bhd shares when he was its group chief executive officer.
“Legal action will be taken against those who spread these lies about me,” he said.
In what seemed to be a subtle reply to remarks by PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that Khalid was “friend and family”, the Mentri Besar quoted a verse from Rudyard Kipling’s poem If.
“If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute; With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run; Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it; And – which is more – you’ll be a man, my son!”
He read that out before leaving the Dewan Jubli Perak at the State Secretariat Building.