Saturday, March 15, 2008

SELANGOR: State auditors to brief Khalid

State auditors to brief Khalid

SHAH ALAM: Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who started his first day in office as Menteri Besar of Selangor yesterday, will be calling for a briefing by the state's auditors on the changes and movements of assets in the state.
The move is aimed at putting to rest speculation on documents being destroyed prior to his swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.
Khalid likened the move to a company takeover, where the new chief executive officer of the company will be briefed on the status of the company.
"The auditors and state secretary will brief me on the status of the state. They will also have to disclose any asset change since January.
"We want to be professional about it. This can improve governance of the state," he said.
The former chief executive officer of Guthrie said he would also put in place procedures as a response to any discrepancies.
Khalid arrived at the State Secretariat Building at 7.35am, and immediately held discussions with state secretary Datuk Ramli Mahmud and several heads of department at his office.
He said he does not expect any problems running the state government as he had handled a staff force of 40,000 while at Guthrie.
He acknowledged human resource as the state government's best asset.
"Together, we will work to bring greater development to the state."
Meanwhile, it is believed that Khalid is also planning to meet the heads of state-linked companies in two weeks to review their performance.
A senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he expected Khalid to meet the heads of the respective companies only after the state executive council is formed.
"From what we gather, those who can perform will be allowed to continue, while changes will be initiated at the under-performing units," said the official.
Still, the official expects some political appointments at Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd, the investment arm of the Selangor government.

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