“This sector (who are said to have suffered under Pakatan rule) are the cronies and family members of the Umno-BN, who have been reaping their wealth from the state through directly being awarded projects, acting as middlemen or through their lobbying,” said Faekah Husin in a statement today.
The political secretary to the Selangor Menteri Besar (left) was commenting on Muhyiddin's statement yesterday, that she said showed that the ruling party was “increasingly desperate to gain the sympathy of the people”.
“Maybe this is what the prime minister meant when he said that Umno members like to 'syok sendiri',” she quipped.
Muhyiddin had said at BN State Assembly Backbenchers Club's retreat in Selangor that the people of the state had had enough of life under Pakatan rule and were ready to support the BN again.
Faekah commented that such people would include businessmen who were fond of bribing public officers and politicians to get help and special treatment, and to take advantage of certain policies such as the low cost housing policies that had been abused by some to reap huge profits.
“What's worse, under the Umno-BN government projects were completed with an eye to oppressing the poor even further,” she said.
Cronies 'beyond the law'
Faekah said that during Umno rule of the state the businessmen allied to the ruling party had become “all too powerful”.
“While Umno-BN was in power, these businessmen were all too powerful that they did not fear the law, as they knew they had the permission and 'protection' of the policians who condone such criminal activities.
These parties did not have the capital nor the expertise, she said, and only needed to flatter the ruling politicians to get the jobs.
“These types are not ashamed to visit and hang out at the politicians' offices. This scenario has been taking place since Muhyiddin was Johor Menteri Besar and the filthy practice still continues till today,” she said.
The political secretary elaborated on how cronies would get huge projects to the tune of millions of ringgit, and immediately sell it off to the highest bidder to reap a tidy commission.
She said such days were over with the Pakatan government and that most Selangor residents were happy with their administration for this.
“From our polls, Selangor residents are happy with our style of governance that does not allow such groups to hang around the offices of the menteri besar or the senior officers. This phenomenon was widespread during Umno's time,” she said.
She said it was natural that such groups were unhappy with Pakatan rule, as they are no longer able to “bodek” (suck up to) the politicians for favours.
State reserves at 28 year high
Faekah challenged the DPM to ask the ordinary people instead, who have benefited from the state's policies.
“In the past four years we have spent over RM500 million on the rakyat, for example through the free water scheme.
“Why would these recipients feel tortured by Pakatan's welfare programmes that they are enjoying?
“It is very shameful when the number two in our country and the number two in the party makes such ridiculous statements that only embarrass himself,” said Faekah.
Meanwhile Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim (left) said the state coffers has achieved a record high in 28 years.
“The Selangor reserves totalled RM918 million through 2010 and in the six month period of 2011 has increased by as much as RM200 million, making the total cash reserves for Selangor RM1.1 bilion,” said the MB in a statement yesterday evening.
Khalid announced this in conjunction with the three-day visit of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Raja Permaisuri Agong to the state.
“His majesty was also informed that the Program Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor that was introduced over the 100 days since the present administration took office has channeled as much as RM500 million back to the rakyat of Selangor,” said Khalid.
The MB said he brought this to the Agong's attention because their successes and their programmes for the rakyat had “received little publicity, because the mainstream media are 'too careful' about reporting such positive news”.
Muhyiddin forgets that UMNO have been tortuing the non-Malays for decades depriving them of education, employment and government projects opportunities, but it's okay, we get by. Here the Selangor state government have been doing something that benefit the rakyat, and he is complaining that he is being tortured. Simply put, he has been living in that ivory tower for far too long. Well, for the UMNO cronies, like they say, it's time you shape up or ship out. With a total cash reserve of RM1.1b, I bet those UMNO fellas must be drooling like mad.