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All contracts awarded without opentenders between 2006 and 2010 will be made public bySelangor during the upcoming state legislative assemblymeeting next month.“Te documents will be presented and discussed dur-ing the meeting to get approval beore they can be made public,” said Menteri Besar an Sri Khalid Ibrahim aerthe state executive council meeting on Wednesday.He pointed out the documents were classied underthe Ocial Secrets Act and any disclosure had to be car-ried out in accordance with procedures.he move ollows claims by blogger Raja PetraKamarudin that the state had dished out over RM250million in directly negotiated contracts.“We emphasise transparency in our administrationand because o that, we will reveal the tender documentsso that the people know and can make their own judge-ment on the decisions we have taken,” he said.Khalid pointed out that direct tendering o contractsor procurement and services was still in practice, espe-cially during emergencies.“As an example, when there was a landslide, we had toappoint a consultant like IKRAM to investigate thesaety level immediately. In such cases, we can’t ask or a price quote,” he said.He also explained that Selangor had acted with theknowledge o the state nancial ocer in accordance withguidelines set by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com-mission (MACC).“It does not violate the Malaysian Anti-CorruptionCommission’s procedures because it was approved by stateexco members and the state nancial ocer.”
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Selangor has set aside an initial RM10 millionto und scholarship programmes or civil servants, employeesat state subsidiary companies and their children.“Te Selangor State Subsidiary Education Fund is a Corpo-rate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in line with thestate policy to share its revenue with its citizens,” said MenteriBesar an Sri Khalid Ibrahim.He said the money or the scholarship will be obtained romstate subsidiaries including the Selangor State DevelopmentCorporation (PKNS), Selangor Agriculture Development Cor- poration (PKPS), Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB),Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB and Kumpulan Perang-sang Selangor Berhad (KPS).
Families whose household income isRM1,500 and below will soon be entitled to a childcare allowance o RM100 a month, or a maximum o three children, under a new state scheme.“Te households and kindergartens must be registered with the state,” said executive councillor Rodziah Ismail yesterday.Rodziah, who is in charge o Welare and Women’sAfairs, added that only children below ve years o agequaliy or the relie.She said this during Selangor’s International Women’sDay celebrations at the state secretariat yesterday.She said Selangor’s database showed that there weresome 23,000 single mothers, with 1,000 hardcore pooramong them.Rodziah added that this year, the state had allocatedsome RM3 million or the new programme.Also at the celebrations yesterday were Puan Sri Sal-biah unut (wie o Menteri Besar an Sri Khalid Ibra-him), Lim Soo Ee (wie o state executive councillorRonnie Liu), Rawang state lawmaker Gan Pei Nei, dep-uty state assembly speaker Haniza alha and Kota Rajamember o Parliament Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.
New child care schemefor deserving families
(From left) Gan, Lim, Haniza, Salbiah, Rodziah and Dr Siti Mariah.