Tuesday December 28, 2010
Selangor and Federal governments at odds over new state secretary
By WANI MUTHIAH
KLANG: With the quarrel over the 1Malaysia logo still hot, fresh trouble is brewing between the Federal and Selangor governments – this time over the appointment of the new state secretary.
The new senior officer replaces Datuk Ramli Mahmud who retires on Friday.
Barely hours after Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan issued a statement yesterday announcing that Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) director Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi had been appointed to the position effective a day later, the state government countered with another statement refuting the appointment.
This is the latest in a series of major quarrels between the two governments over policy matters since the Pakatan Rakyat took over the state following the general election in 2008.
The country’s head civil servant also announced that Sabak Bernam District Officer Marzuki Hussin would take over the Jais director’s post. This appointment was also consented to by the Sultan.
At about 2.30pm, Khalid’s media secretariat issued a statement stating the appointment was “not final” because the Mentri Besar was not informed of Mohd Khusrin’s appointment.
Given this, added the statement, Khalid had written to the Sultan saying he had been kept in the dark about Mohd Khusrin’s appointment. The statement also said the state government had shortlisted three candidates and their names had been forwarded to the Sultan.
Khalid is scheduled to have an audience with the Sultan on Wednesday
Meanwhile, a retired top ranking civil servant said there was nothing wrong with the manner in which Mohd Khusrin’s appointment was made.
“Even the Selangor state constitution stipulates that the appointment is finalised by the Public Services Commission (PSC) which falls under the auspices of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. This means that the appointment is not a federal government appointment. The Chief Secretary to the Government is merely announcing the decision of the PSC,” he said.
The former civil servant also said Mohd Khusrin was on the list of eight names deliberated by the PSC for the appointment.
The responsibilities of the state secretary include to plan, formulate, coordinate and regulate policies, as well as implement state administrative and development machinery in accordance to state and federal government policies.
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I think the PKR leaders are too carried away by their internal elections last month where their party constitution was kept in a safe place never to be referred again. In PKR its OK to have a supremo which is not recognised by its own constitution. Basically they make up their own rules to suit their leader's fancy. Now the MB of Selangor had make up another rule and that the appointment of the State Secretary must be made known to him, like everything PKR it is blurred about whether the MB needs to approve the appointment made by the PSC.
So the clueless MB will meet the Sultan tomorrow to air his lost cause, it is best that the MB of Selangor and his office understand the Rukun Negara like any Real Malaysian before he/they meet the DYMM Sultan of Selangor:
KEPERCAYAAN KEPADA TUHAN
KESETIAAN KEPADA RAJA DAN NEGARA
KESOPANAN DAN KESUSILAAN
If even the appointment of a State Secretary could be politicize by the Pakatan led Government in Selangor, I can just imagine how heavily politicized the Selangor Water Supply issue will be.
Ubah Sekarang, Ubah Kerajaan Pakatan Selangor!
Bukan Bekerja, Sibuk Berpolitik