JOHOR BARU: Umno vice president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (pic) has challenged Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian to find a way to turn state government-linked companies (GLCs) profitable instead of using it as an excuse not to carry out pro-rakyat programmes.
The former Johor mentri besar said he was disappointed with Osman's statement accusing Johor GLCs of underperforming, which left the Pakatan-led state government unable to carry out pro-rakyat programmes.
"It seems that Osman is copying the Federal Government's narrative for having its pro-rakyat programmes either cancelled or postponed due to the government's huge debts.
"I believe that all the accusations are not true. These are just a political gimmick and an excuse made by a leader that is lazy to think on finding new ideas to develop Johor," he said in a statement here on Saturday (Nov 24).
Mohamed Khaled added that he agreed with Osman's proposal for a forensic audit of all state GLCs.
"There is no benefit in just pointing fingers without doing anything to rectify the situation," he added.
It was reported that the state government would undertake a forensic audit of all its GLCs in the near future.
Osman said for a start, the audit may be undertaken for two or three of the companies, among them, being YPJ Holdings.
He said the proposal to undertake the audit has been conveyed to Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and the chief executive officers of all the GLCs concerned.
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