Hasan sticks to his guns on committee

Thursday, September 24, 2009

PETALING JAYA: Selangor executive councillor from PAS Datuk Dr Hasan Ali is firm on his criticism against the Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) and is adamant that the body should revise its procedures and investigation methods.

“Recent investigations which involved senior state government officers clearly showed that Selcat needs to revamp its procedures and techniques.

“Investigations which involved degrading methods that affect the dignity of the people being questioned and elements of pressure did not reflect the philosophy of Selcat,” he said in a statement yesterday.

As a result of such tactics, he said many senior civil servants had lost their sense of self-worth and their morale was low.

Instead, he said Selcat’s investigations should focus on the expenditure of allocations made by the Barisan Nasional assemblymen and not just merely calling the state district officers to testify.

“The state assemblymen concerned should be hauled up to testify and this way, Selcat would have a balanced view of things,” he said.

Nevertheless, Dr Hasan stressed that he fully supported the objective and the philosophy of Selcat and he had no intention of jeopardising the state’s administration.

He clarified that he did not suggest that the members of Selcat be revamped and that they be elected from the ranks of former judges, those who hold public office and influential individuals, as reported.

“On the contrary, I suggested that its members to be picked from credible Selangor state assemblymen that possess the expertise and knowledge on par with members of a Royal Commission,” he said.

Dr Hasan suggested that an immediate meeting be arranged between the Mentri Besar, the exco members and Selcat to discuss the issue.

“The administration of the state will not be functional without the harmonious environment among the MB, the exco and Selcat,” he said. - The Star


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