Tuesday, May 27, 2008

‘No proof of exco declaring assets’

Tuesday May 27, 2008

SHAH ALAM: The Pakatan Rakyat state government has not been able to find any documents to prove that the former Mentri Besar and his executive council members ever declared their assets, said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

“There is no proof in the records at the Mentri Besar’s office and SUK (state secretariat) or the State Legal Office confirming the declaration of assets by the previous Mentri Besar and exco members. “We were only told that there was a letter sent by the Mentri Besar’s chief secretary dated December 1999 and September 2000, informing exco members and state assemblymen to declare their assets. “However, there were no forms submitted to the Mentri Besar’s office,” he said.

He added that all official documents should be submitted and filed accordingly prior to being destroyed. Khalid said the state government was meanwhile using the Borang APK 104, the forms used for declaration of assets by MPs.

“We have to use the form because there was no other samples of such declarations from the previous government that are available for us to use. “We have also sought help from both Parliament and the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) but they have yet to offer any help,” he said.

Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said all forms for the declaration of assets during his tenure were submitted directly to the Prime Minister and the Chief Secretary to the Government, and this was done annually.

“We sent the forms to the Federal Government because they are our bosses and that is why we do not have the forms here (at the state secretariat). “We used the normal forms allocated to the government servants since all of us including the Mentri Besar and the excos are government servants. “I do not know about the current state government,” he said, adding that as government servants, they had to declare all the assets of their family members, including siblings and children.

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