Press Statement by Charles Santiago in Klang on
Saturday, 1st November 2008:
transparency & good governance in PKNS
More disturbing facts have emerged
following the ruckus caused by the appointment of a Chinese to head PKNS.
Although I strongly re-iterate that merit should be the basis of any
appointment as opposed to race and religion, the person chosen to head
any organization must also be accountable, transparent, and corrupt
The Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, had raised serious
concerns alluding to billions of Ringgit which is lost due to poor
management, corruption and nepotism within the state economic
I once again call upon the Anti-Corruption Agency to initiate an
investigation into the alleged corrupt practices in PKNS involving
We, in Pakatan Rakyat, made a pledge to the people to operate on the
fundamentals of transparency, accountability and good governance. We
must make good of that promise by ensuring that credible candidates are
tasked to head state-owned entities.
There is an urgent need for a public inquiry on the funds lost and
mismanaged. Accounts need to be audited, projects suspected of crony
appointments must be re-evaluated and if necessary canceled and culprits
need to be identified and punished.
The Selangor state government needs to put in place a transparent and
accountable mechanism as part of the overhaul system. This work should
be entrusted to a specially identified group with the support of audit
companies and NGOs such as Transparency International.
We, in Pakatan Rakyat, need to institutionalize accountability,
transparency and good governance in the way state economic development
corporations are organized and run.
* Charles Santiago, MP for Klang