Monday, May 29, 2006

Matrade Building: Khir Toyo's silence deafening

The Selangor Chief Minister, Dato Seri Dr Mohd Khir bin Toyo, has been keeping his lips tight over the issue of Matrade Building for the past one week.
As the chairman for the state investment arm, Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB) which controlled Perangsang International Sdn Bhd (PISB) through its subsidiaries, Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad (KPS) and Kumpulan Hartanah Selangor Berhd (KHSB), Khir Toyo owes the public an explanation over the Matrade Building fiasco.
The issues pertaining to the winding-up of PISB after it was sold to a RM2 paid up company, Tajuk Modal Sdn Bhd, and had its name changed to Tajuk Construction Sdn Bhd are yet to be resolved or answered, namely, whether the winding-up of PISB/Tajuk Construction was a major part of a scheme by the Selangor state investment arm:-
( i) to avoid the liability to pay the Federal Government the penalty and damages of RM159.8 million as a result of the delay in the Matrade Building project; and
(ii) to dump all debts and losses of the Selangor state GLC into PISB/Tajuk Construction in order to have a clean bill of health for the rest of the Selangor state GLC.
Khir Toyo's silence over the issue is deafening. How could he proudly claim to be the Chief Minister of the self proclaimed "advance state" when he could not even practice transparency in his administration by telling the turth of what had actully been done by the state investment arm headed by him?
What moral authority does Khir Toyo have to preach moral and religion when he is unable to lead by example by revealing the whole truth of the matter to the people whom he owes a duty to?