Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Historic SELCAT Public Hearing

The first Public Hearing by the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability & Transparency (SELCAT) of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly is being conducted from March 23rd - 31st 2009.

Among the issues that will be investigated and heard in this session is the conduct of BALKIS (Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation) and other cases of mismanagement of funds. Notable witnesses that have been summoned to appear before the committee are the former MB, Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Khir Bin Toyo; his wife as President of BALKIS, Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik; and other state officials.

The entire proceedings are being broadcast live online for public's viewing at http://multimedia.selangor.gov.my/.

I urge the public to watch this historic public hearing, never before seen in the history of our country where those who hold or have held public office are brought before a legislative committee in a public hearing to be questioned for all their actions and to be given an opportunity to be accountable for their conduct. The report of this public hearing will be tabled at the next State Legislative Assembly meeting.


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Afuw said...

I've seen the hearings online. Even though we've heard it all before, to hear the CEO of PNSB admitting the irregularities herself still produced a sense of disbelief.

Dr Khir is trying to evade it all by saying that these are half truths and that SelCat should target others as well. This is akin to a thief being caught and crying foul because there are other thieves out there whom the police have failed to arrest, as if it is a valid reason that cancels out the crime.

What does Dr Khir mean by half truths? Did PNSB or SelCat fabricate half the documents tendered and dreamt up half the evidence given? If so, the fabricator must be dealt with according to the law. However, even if the evidence tendered in the hearing is only half true, it is more than enough to incriminate Dr Khir.

Anonymous said...

YB Hanna. I agree with you the Selcat public hearing is a historical event in Malaysia. Watching the hearing we are in a good position to find out how public money is embezzled and how the few powerful politician get away with all sorts of irregularities. The State Government of Selangor should exhaust all means to recover the RM9,900,000 Balkis money back.