Be transparent, say state reps

Concerned: Lau (left) and Ng(right) showing the documents and papers from the state assembly sitting in March.

THE Selangor government has been urged to be more transparent on the recruitment drive for its Government-Linked Companies (GLC).

Currently, elected leaders are in the dark over how senior officers, directors and management staff are hired.

“How do candidates apply for jobs in the GLCs? Is it done through advertisements for the vacant positions?” Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San asked.

Lau added that in some cases, the elected representatives did not even know who had been hired.

“It is important for us to know who they are and if their pay is justified, especially since they work for government-funded companies,” he said.

He felt that vacant positions should be openly advertised in future, in order to find the most capable person for the job.

Lau, along with Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin, Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib and Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han, are concerned over how the state’s GLCs are run.

The four had asked for details such as names and salaries of the GLC employees at the state assembly sitting in March.

Lau had asked for information on four GLCs – Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS), Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Sdn Bhd (KDEB), Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) and Selangor Agriculture Development Corporation (PKPS).

He said the information was important because PKNS, for example, dealt with development of land allocated by the government while KDEB was involved in the water restructuring exercise.

“I was told that the information cannot be made public as it fell under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.

“But if I wrote in personally to the Mentri Besar, he can provide me with the information, for my eyes only. No one else can know the details,” he said.

Lau argued that the Act clearly showed otherwise as Section 3(1) said it should not apply to the Federal Government and State Governments, while Section 2 stated that the Act applied to any personal data in respect of commercial transactions.

“GLCs are government bodies and they cannot be seen as normal companies. They cannot be bound by this Act,” he said.

Ng, who was also present at the press conference, had asked about the board members of Mentri Besar Incorporated (MBI) and their salaries.

However, his question at the state sitting was met with the same response.

“Mentri Besar Azmin Ali should know that this is an important issue and should not delay giving us answers,” he said.

Ng further urged the state to be more transparent and not withhold any more information regarding its GLCs.

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