Set up independent inquiry into Splash deal


Mud-slinging between Azmin and Khalid will not help to dispel the doubts created in the minds of Malaysian taxpayers. The issue can only be solved through an independent enquiry by credible professionals.

Kua Kia Soong, FMT

The conflicting accounts about the purchase of Selangor’s water assets from Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Holdings Bhd (Splash) by Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali and his predecessor Khalid Ibrahim give cause for concern.

The previous menteri besar Khalid revealed on Nov 5 that the state government has offered RM2.94 billion for Splash – almost 11 times higher than the sum originally offered, RM250 million.

Selangor MB Azmin  has rebutted this and claims that Khalid had already agreed on the (new) price. Azmin  has alleged that when Khalid was the menteri besar (between 2008 and 2014), Khalid made Splash an offer of RM2.975 billion to take over the equity of the company.

It did not help the general public when  the Selangor state assembly speaker (Hannah Yeoh) refused to allow Khalid time to explain about the original deal with Splash negotiated during his tenure.

Mirroring BN practice of Chief Executive control

The two squabbling MBs have been the only ones who have commented on this important issue affecting Selangor taxpayers. It raises the question of why the negotiations should have been the sole preserve of the Menteri Besar’s office.

The PAS and DAP executive councilors have been quiet about the negotiations with Gamuda, Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah and the Federal Government, even though the PAS executive councillor is in charge of the water portfolio in the state government.

Is the Pakatan Harapan state government trying to mirror the BN practice of chief executive control of multi-billion contracts that they have so often criticised?

It has been alleged that Khalid  was ousted as Selangor Menteri Besar after he refused to accede to Splash demands.

During the controversy, which led to the so-called ‘Kajang Move’, PKR accused him of corruption and published a thick dossier of misdeeds for which PKR leader Saifuddin Nasution later retracted and apologised in court.