Selangor will be under the scrutiny of the National Productivity Centre once it is officially declared as a developed state in August.
“We cannot afford to be lax after that because NPC will be commissioned to check on the state development based on 75 indicators every year,” said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.
He added that it would be a challenge for the state agencies to maintain the first positions in areas such as good management of public finances, good overall productivity and resilience in facing economic upheaval.
Dr Khir also acknowledged NPC’s survey showing Selangor scraping through to be in the top 20 countries from the list of 75 indicators.
The poor showing included reasons such as bribery and corruption, fairness in rewarding public sector contracts and quality of life.
“In areas where we scored well, we will instruct our officers to keep up the good work. In areas where we did not do so well, we must improve,'' he said after opening the Eight Malaysian bi-annual sports of the state finance offices at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam.
On doubts about the way the survey was conducted and the alleged exclusion of important sectors such as the consumer and interest groups, Dr Khir said NPC would have to answer the allegations because the state government did not interfere in the survey.