KAULA LUMPUR, Sept 23 – An anti-graft group wants newly installed Selangor Menteri Besar, Mohamed Azmin Ali, to practise open government policies in his administration. The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), in congratulating Azmin, said his appointment today ends more than eight months of undesired political upheaval, uncertainty and mud slinging in trying to resolve the crisis sparked by PKR’s attempt to oust Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. “An unfortunate outcome is that Selangorians have grown disillusioned, frustrated and deeply disappointed, wondering if the whole episode was necessary at all,” it said in a statement. It said due to the time and public confidence lost over the crisis, Azmin has no honeymoon period.

“He must hit the ground running in administering the nation’s wealthiest state with utmost integrity, competency and accountability,” read the statement which was jointly endorsed by C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel, and directors Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Richard Yeoh, as well as its legal advisor, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan. It said Azmin must show he could do better than Khalid and put urgent plans forward to win back the hearts of the people of Selangor with competent, credible and clean administrative policies.
C4 also calls on Azmin to seriously consider:

  • A clean,transparent and accountable administration
  • Open government
  • Prudent financial administration
  • Freedom of information policies to be the pillar of his administration
  • Local government elections
  • Open tenders, procurements and contracts, and
  • Public service ombudsman for good governance.

Credit : Osman Adnan

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