Voters who support Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor should adopt an open mind to evaluate the questionable deals amounting to RM1bil which have been labelled as Talamgate, said Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed.
The state Barisan Nasional coordinator said they should question how a debt recovery exercise had ended up with the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government owing money to Talam Corporation Bhd.
“Even if they dislike Barisan Nasional, we hope that in their heart of hearts, they will ask critical questions on this issue which is not wrong to be called Talamgate as the financial and political consequences are huge.
“No one especially voters should be lied to every day by Pakatan leaders,” he told The Malaysian Times.
Zin said those who could not understand the issue could seek the views of accountants, auditors and valuers for a clearer and more neutral picture of this controversy, which the Mentri Besar had decided to avoid answering.
He said while the mentri besar and PKR leaders had chosen to remain silent, “it was ironic that DAP leaders are making a fool of themselves with statements that showed their ignorance.”
“Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has only to answer whether the RM392mil owed to the three GLCs – Universiti Selangor, Permodalan Negeri Selangor and SAP Holdings Bhd – by Talam has been repaid, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
Zin also challenged Khalid to explain the rationale in buying the worthless pieces of land in areas which had low market value but the state had bought them at over-valued prices.
“The homes and land valued around those areas are excessively low but ratepayers in Selangor have ended up over-paying hundreds of millions of ringgit.” He said those who said these plots of land had great value should buy them, saying they should stop being political hypocrites.
Zin said the core of Talamgate was poor management and concealment of information from the state assembly, ratepayers, boards of the GLCs and minority shareholders. “That’s enough for the MACC and Securities Commission to come in,” he said.