KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 — The Selangor government said today it takes issues of integrity and corruption very seriously, amid an allegation that abuse of power is becoming rampant in the state under the present administration.
“Selangor takes issues of integrity and corruption very seriously. Anyone with knowledge of wrongdoing should report it without delay to the relevant authorities,” Yin Shao Loong, strategic communications director from the Selangor Mentri Besar’s Office told Malay Mail Online.
He was referring to a claim by Abdul Razak Ismail, who is an Independent candidate for the Sri Muda state seat planning to contest under Parti Sosialis Malaysia's (PSM) logo, that corruption and abuse of power is becoming “rampant” in Selangor.
“Failure to do so could impede the course of justice.” the Selangor state government official added.
According to Malaysiakini, Abdul Razak said that issues regarding corruption and abuse of power are also not being discussed in the Selangor state assembly.
“It is not like I am completely against Harapan, but I have observed that corruption and abuse of power is becoming rampant in Selangor,” he reportedly said.
“Having monitored the state-assembly proceeding, I rarely hear them speak up about such issues,” he added.
He referred to the state government’s decision to spend millions on a new gateway arch in Selangor and also build a new dome at the state mosque.
Abdul Razak also said that he is not afraid to face his former colleagues in Pakatan Harapan for the seat in the next elections.
Sri Muda’s seat is currently by PKR’s Shuhaimi Shafie, who is also the political secretary of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
PSM has not been made part of the newly formed Pakatan Harapan coalition, consisting of DAP, PKR, PAS splinter party Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
PSM lost in all three state seats it contested in Selangor in the last elections due to three corner fights.
However, Abdul Razak said that PSM plans to context six state seats in the next elections, including Sri Muda. The other seats are Kajang, Semenyih, Kota Damansara, Hulu Kelang and Pelabuhan Kelang.
They are also planning to contest the Subang and Hulu Langat parliamentary seats.
Editor’s note: This report has been corrected to clarify that Abdul Razak Ismail is not a Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) member, but an Independent candidate planning to contest under PSM's logo.