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Thursday February 17, 2011

Khusrin takes his oath at last

SHAH ALAM: The long wait for newly-appointed State Secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi (pic) to take his oath of secrecy is finally over.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim confirmed that Mohd Khusrin took his oath of secrecy before him at 1.30pm during the executive council meeting at the state secretariat building here.

“He will now be able to attend the executive council meeting as stated in Article 52 of the state constitution,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly exco meeting yesterday.

“I am sure he (Mohd Khusrin) can carry out his duties professionally,” Khalid added.

He denied that the exco meetings had been restructured before Mohd Khusrin could attend.

“If there was a restructure we would have announced it,” he said, adding that the format was unchanged.

However, Khalid reiterated his stand that the power of appointing the state’s top three civil servants be returned to the Sultan and mentri besar so the state would be able to function more efficiently.

The state government had opposed the appointment of Khusrin, claiming that the mentri besar was not informed of the decision by the Chief Secretary to the Government.

The state then pushed for a special sitting to amend the Selangor constitution to give the power to the Sultan and the mentri besar in the appointment of the state secretary, legal adviser and financial officer.

The proposed amendments, however, were not passed as the state government did not receive a two-thirds majority.

On another matter, Khalid said the Selangor Government was willing bear the cost of Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s return, if needed, to testify in the Royal Commission Inquiry into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

Counsel for Teoh’s family, Gobind Singh Deo, had reportedly questioned the absence of Dr Pornthip’s name on the witness list.

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