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Published: Friday November 30, 2012 MYT 8:32:00 PM

Delegates question Selangor's asset deals

KUALA LUMPUR: Questionable deals involving the Selangor government were raised at the Umno general assembly here Friday, with a Selangor delegate lashing out at the state administration for its various weaknesses.

Datuk Abdul Shukor Idrus said many valuable assets owned by the state government through its state-linked companies were also being sold off piecemeal through questionable deals.

He questioned the rationale for the state to sell the State Development Corp's (PKNS) assets - Wisma PKNS Shah Alam, Wisma PKNS Bangi, Wisma Yakin in Kuala Lumpur and SACC Mall in Shah Alam.

"These assets are very important to Malay traders. Why are they rushing to sell these assets before the next general election?" he asked, saying PKNS had admitted that it was selling these buildings that housed hundreds of Malay traders.

"Why do they need to sell these buildings to a private limited company? In reality, when you do that, you lose control of the buildings and will have no say on who will be allowed on their lots, unlike when they are under PKNS which comes under the control of the state government and Finance Ministry.

"Is there a hidden agenda behind these transactions which are being kept secret from the people?" he asked.

Abdul Shukor also questioned the need for PKNS to sell its subsidiary Worldwide Holdings Bhd's shares to what he claimed was a RM2 company whose shareholders were two non-Bumiputra businessmen.

"And they have also sold off several of Yayasan Selangor's hostels. They only know how to sell off assets, without building or acquiring a single new one," he said.

He also raised the issue of poor management of garbage collection by the state after taking over the services from Alam Flora.

"What happened to the RM500mil allocation channeled by the Federal Government to the municipal councils and the state for garbage collection?" he added.

Puteri Umno delegate Rina Harun took a swipe at Pakatan Rakyat for conducting its own brand of ETP (Economic Transformation Programme) which she termed as "Economic Transfer Programme."

"What is being transferred? Is it the state government funds being channeled to crony companies or the property of the Malay community being transferred to others like what is happening in Selangor?" she asked.

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