Declassified documents reveal state Exco not behind Azmin’s sacking


( – Declassified documents revealed by the Selangor state government today showed that the state executive council did not decide on Azmin Ali’s removal from the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) board.

A total 11 documents on the decision made by the State Exco, correspondence between Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the state secretary were made available to the media.

Also included was a copy of the chronology of events that led to Azmin’s sacking from the PKNS board.

The documents confirm that Abdul Khalid did not sack Azmin as he has claimed earlier and also that the State Exco had deliberately left Azmin’s fate in doubt.

None of the documents revealed that the Menteri Besar’s office had at any time proposed for Azmin to be sacked.

According to a document dated Nov 13, 2013 the state government had merely approved the appointments of Iskandar A. Samad and Datuk Teng Chang Khim to the PKNS board, while another member would be decided later.

The minutes were confirmed on Dec 4 with no mention of Azmin.

However, on Jan 8, this year, PKNS general manager Datuk Othman Omar wrote to Azmin informing him that his term as a PKNS board member had ended on Dec 4, 2013.

He said this was in line with a “decision” taken by the Exco on Nov 13.

According to the Menteri Besar’s Office, the documents were all declassified to ensure the people understood the matter and not speculate on anything, especially since Azmin’s termination was now under internal investigation.

“The Selangor state government believes in a transparent and responsible administration and the people must know the truth on all matters,” read an accompanying statement from Abdul Khalid’s office.

On Monday, Abdul Khalid removed Othman and PKNS executive secretary, Norita Sidek from their respective positions pending the investigations.

The investigations are centred around how a letter to remove a PKNS board member was issued (by Othman) without the knowledge of the PKNS chairman, Abdul Khalid.