Not many days ago, Anwar told the People that the council agreed with the decision of Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim not to hold a state election if Parliament is dissolved soon.
“I agree with his (Khalid’s) view that the Election Commission has yet to clean up the electoral roll.” Anwar said.
However, Khalid surprised the People, as usual, with his contrary remarks today.
When pointed out that Anwar had said that Selangor would not hold snap elections, which had been deduced as a sign that Selangor would hold separate state and federal polls, Khalid replied that Anwar was only explaining the political strategy of Pakatan Rakyat.
“Now it’s all about strategy,” said Khalid.
“If they do it on March 8 next year, then we won’t have separate polls,” said Khalid in reference to the polling date of the previous general election in 2008.
“He (Anwar) also does not know when parliamentary elections are going to be held. So how can he know if it will be simultaneous or not?” Khalid said.
On the state government’s campaign to authenticate new voters, Khalid said 80% had been verified but another 50,000 could not be reached.
“We will find other ways to get to the remaining 50,000 to make sure they are legitimate voters,” he said.
Pakatan Rakyat had claimed that as of December 2011, there has been a sudden rise in the number of voters in the state, amounting to about half a million individuals or 35 percent of Selangor voters. The leaders of Pakatan Rakyat were making the People to believe the existence of a spike in dubious voters. http://www.freemalaysiakini2.com/?p=25777.
In April 2012, Khalid said the state would use RM5 million grant set aside under the Geran Selangorku scheme to ensure that the electoral roll in the state is clean which involved state civil servants and village heads
In July 2012, Khalid promised he will present the study on the list of 500,000 new voters in all state constituencies in Selangor to the Election Commission (EC). He said the detailed report on the study to identify the list of new voters registered since 2008, including scrutinising whether the voters and addresses contained in the EC list really existed, would be obtained in early July. http://www.thesundaily.my/news/421016.
Today, the People finally and gladly heard from Khalid that 80% voters had been verified but, disappointingly, the detailed report mentioned above is still not delivered with RM5 million spent.
On his refusal to debate with MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong on the Talam issue, Khalid said he was only prepared to discuss issues related to policies.
On July 3, Chua challenged the Selangor government to explain how its exercise to recover a RM392mil debt from Talam ended in questionable deals worth over RM1bil.
The state government is said to have obtained a grant of RM392mil and acquired additional assets worth RM284mil from Talam – bringing the total acquisition to RM676mil.
This RM676mil purchase of assets was said to be part of the RM1bil questionable deal.
And the People have no clue why Khalid think Talam issues are not related to policies.
Is it because the bail out of Talam required no policies and procedures at all and that is why the white paper can never be completed as agreed?