THAT Malays must continue to be a pillar of the government and the country does not mean that non-Malays or non-Muslims will be sidelinend but vital to ensure that justice, peace and prosperity are preserved for all Malaysians.
Selangor state Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali who echoed the sentiment expressed by PAS president Tan Sri Hadi Awang nevertheless caveated that the Malay leaders “must not be from the corrupt breed as found in the PH-BN (Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional) coalition”.
“These are Malays who are clean, who are responsible, who have integrity and are fair to the Chinese, Indians and Malaysians at large so that the state of Selangor is safe and prosperous,” he spoke at the Selangor PN’s ceramah perdana in conjunction with the New Selangor Tour programme at the Tanjong Karang PAS Comple last night (June 5).
Azmin recalled that during his tenure as Selangor Menteri Besar, many land and occupational problems were resolved for people who had lived or worked on such land for decades without being accorded ownership.
According to him, the government should shoulder the responsibility of managing land allocation to the people instead of letting them become beggars to the government.
The former Minister of International Trade and Industry also recapped intervention by the previous PN administration (during Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s premiership) by extending various forms of aid to the people compared to the current PH-BN government.
In the face of three crises at the time, namely health, economy and politics, the PN Government rescued the situation by injecting more than RM500 bil to help the people, according to Azmin.
Even though Selangor is not a PN state, the former Gombak MP said the welfare of Selangorians was looked after by the PN Federal government by ensuring the availability of jobs and by allowing targeted withdrawals of the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) by needy contributors.
“But ask the crooks and robbers and also the unnatural (leaders) … they don’t allow targeted EPF withdrawal but instead proposed a bank loan. Is the Finance Minister a human? The people are enduring hardship yet not allowed to tap into their EPF savings,” chastised Azmin who was the former PKR deputy president.
“It is true that EPF is for old age savings. We know that. But under normal circumstances we can implement the (bank loan) policy. However, in exceptional circumstances, EPF contributors should be allowed to make partial withdrawal. TS Muhyiddin Yassin authorised three (targeted) EPF withdrawals.” – June 6, 2023