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'PKNS no longer Robin Hood'

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KUALA LUMPUR: Previously known as Selangor's "Robin Hood" among the people, the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) is now fighting for the wrong cause, said Parti Keadilan Insan Tanah Air (Kita) president Zamil Ibrahim.

He said PKNS was once known for its heroic actions in helping the poor in the state but now it had switched directions.

"PKNS is no longer the Robin Hood of Selangor, it should be called 'Hood Robin' now because it is abandoning the poor and helping the rich," he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

He said by taking over the RM392 million debt by Talam Corp, PKNS had gone in the wrong direction.

"I would like to congratulate PKNS general manager Othman Omar for making PKNS the new 'Hood Robin'," he said.

Earlier this month, MCA Young Professionals Bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong accused the Selangor government of misusing public funds to bail out Talam Corp. Chua alleged that the state government had done so via a RM392 million supplementary budget passed in the state's legislative assembly in 2009.

He added that the state bought an additional RM676 million worth of assets from Talam Corp.

It was revealed that the company owed state subsidiaries Universiti Selangor (RM249 million), KHSB (RM115 million) and Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (RM28 million) -- totalling RM392 million.

Zamil also urged Othman to explain to the people, especially those in Selangor, the reasons behind the bailout.

"He (Othman) has to step up and explain to the people, especially the poor, the benefits that the people will gain from the bailout."

He also reminded the state government to not manage Selangor and its state subsidiaries like how Parti Keadilan Rakyat was being managed.

"Do not turn Selangor state and its subsidiaries into a chaotic body like PKR," he said.

 

Selangor State Development Corporation general manager Othman Omar has been urged to explain to the people how they will benefit from the Talam Corp deals


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