Aliran congratulates the Selangor state government for instructing its executive councillors to return government vehicles now that the Selangor State Assembly has been dissolved.
As they now serve a caretaker government pending the general election, the former Selangor state government councillors were also instructed to avoid actions such as making key policy decisions, awarding major development projects or signing significant contracts.
Similarly, the federal government and all other state governments – especially those under the Pakatan Rakyat who should know better – should take the cue and stop using all official vehicles for campaign-related activities. These vehicles should be strictly for official use.
Malaysians should monitor the use of official cars and other state-owned machinery during the campaign period. We invite you to photograph such abuse of public assets and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the date, time, place and preferably the persons involved. We will upload these on the Aliran website at aliran.com so that such politicians can be shamed.
Now that federal and state governments have been dissolved, we are equally concerned that remaining annual budget allocations and constituency development allocations for MPs, state assembly members and unelected BN coordinators will be used for vote-buying and other reckless spending in the run-up to polling day. This had been the case in Selangor in the run-up to the 2008 general election, which left very little development funds for the new administration.
Dr Francis Loh
6 April 2013