District officer: I never questioned allocations


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  • Wednesday, 27 Jan 2010

SHAH ALAM: Hulu Selangor district officer Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan told the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) that he never questioned the annual allocations issued to assemblymen.

He said as a government servant, he was dedicated to the state government of the day and followed instructions so he would not get into the bad books of politicians.

“Not even once did I question the annual allocations applied for and issued to the assemblymen in Hulu Selangor.

“I was confident Barisan Nasional would retain its seats in the last general election,” he said, amidst chuckles from the public gallery.

When Selcat panel member Azmin Ali asked what would happen if the officer questioned the verbal orders of the politi-

cians, Nor Hisham said the government officer concerned would be branded as inefficient and ineffective.

The Selcat inquiry that began here yesterday, will go on until Feb 2, with the aim of investigating annual allocations issued from January to April 2008.

Selcat chairman Teng Chang Khim said the committee was trying to make sense of the accounts under the previous administration, in order to provide answers to the people.

“I have found that the district officers are giving their cooperation,” he said.

Hulu Langat district officer Zainal Abidin Alang told Azmin that allocations worth RM2,500 or less for Mesra Rakyat programmes were approved without question as long as the forms had the words “Mesra Rakyat”.

Later at a press conference, Teng asked why the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) did not provide any explanation after seizing files from the Batang Kali, Ulu Bernam and Kuala Kubu district councils in July last year.

“Files are taken but nothing is done. So I would suggest that the Federal Government come up with a new mechanism that gives a reasonable period to announce the outcome of MACC’s investigations,” he said.

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