KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — Outgoing Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim today, scrapped the state economic adviser role, a position held by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim since 2009.
In a statement today, Mentri Besar Incorporated (MBI) chief executive officer, Faekah Husin thanked Anwar for his role, adding that since the inception of a special office for him, much criticism and accusations were hurled at the Selangor state government, most of which questioned Anwar’s paycheck and his role.
She iterated that the state economic adviser’s office was founded in 2009 and placed under MBI as a means to make full use of Anwar’s expertise in economics and finance, given his stint as the former deputy prime minister, and finance minister.
However, Faekah explained that the state council had today, agreed that Anwar’s office in Plaza Perangsang be closed down with immediate effect, to save the state government on administration costs.
“The state government feels that any economy related matters can be administered by the Selangor state investment centre, a one-stop centre which has officers who are trained and experienced in matters relating to administration, procedures and promotions,” Faekah said
In less than 24 hours, Khalid will be replaced by PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, who is the Selangor palace’s choice for the state mentri besar post.
The oath taking ceremony would be held as Istana Alam Shah in Klang, at 10.30am.