KUCHING: State PKR chairman Baru Bian yesterday expressed hope that the new Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali will be the “menteri besar for all”, irrespective of political support.
Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, believed that Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, would be able to lead a government that is transparent, accountable and caring that would continue to put Selangor as a Pakatan Rakyat model state.
“Being the richest state (in Malaysia), I think that they have a lot to give. It is not only important for the state to have a lot of cash deposits, but they must be prudent in spending the money. The state government must spend the money for the benefit of the people,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Baru was glad that the crisis had finally been resolved, although it appeared not to be in accordance with the legal provision.
“We are happy that there have been some give and take from everybody. Though not in accordance with the legal provision, we are happy that the crisis is resolved. Hopefully, it doesn’t create a precedent for the future.”
Baru said what was paramount was the understanding of PKR leaders, particularly party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who withdraw her candidacy and gave way to Azmin to be appointed as the Selangor menteri besar.
“I think paramount is the interests of the people in Selangor.”
On another matter, Baru took the opportunity to thank the Lawas Lun Bawang pastors for organising the Anti-Drugs Day with the theme ‘Drugs will destroy your faith, drugs will destroy the people’ in Lawas on Sept 13, which was also attended by Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong.
“I thank them for organising this event and I’m happy that it was well attended particularly by the youths. The public stand made was that we are taking this (drugs issue) seriously and we need to educate the people on the danger of drugs.”
On Sept 15 to 17, Baru also celebrated Malaysia Day with the Lawas constituents in Long Sukang.
“I believe that the function was the only one in any of the constituencies in Sarawak. It was held to educate the youths on the importance of Malaysia Day.”
He said the attendance at the function was the best since it was first organised in 2012, with a sports carnival and concert being part of the activities that were well participated by the local people.
With the good response for the event, Baru said there was a suggestion for the celebration to be held in Trusan, Lawas next year.