MAY 19, 2009
MENTERI BESAR CONTINUES SELANGOR-SINGAPORE CORDIAL TIE
SHAH ALAM: The Menteri Besar of Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim paid a courtesy visit to Singapore Prime Minister His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong during a business trip to Singapore yesterday. During the 45-minute meeting at the Istana, the two leaders exchanged views on the latest political and economic developments in Selangor and Singapore.
Tan Sri Abdul Khalid had amongst others shared his experiences as the leader of the Pakatan Rakyat Government in Selangor – a state that was traditionally held by the Barisan Nasional government for the past 50 years. The Menteri Besar also told Prime Minister Lee that the current State Government is creating changes by including people in the economy through its “Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor” agenda. “We thank His Excellency for his warm welcome and we look forward to a friendly bilateral relationship with Singapore especially in the business sector”, said Abdul Khalid.
The two leaders also discussed Selangor’s Economic Stimulus Package, which includes the Klang River Rehabilitation Project, where Selangor will be looking closely at Singapore’s experience in cleaning, rehabilitating and developing the Singapore River and the Kallang Basin. Tan Sri Abdul Khalid expressed hopes to tap into Singapore’s expertise to contribute to the Selangor project which is expected to attract about RM50billion worth of investments and create more than 15,000 job opportunities.
Prior to the meeting with Prime Minister Lee, the Menteri Besar had a meeting with Singapore’s Public Utilities Board and National Environment Agency officials who shared their experience in river and water management. Tan Sri Abdul Khalid, who was accompanied by officials from Selangor LUAS and Selangor Town and Country Planning Department, was taken to visit PUB’s Marina Barrage which displays the latest development on flood mitigation and water treatment to provide water resources for the future.
During the trip, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid also gave a talk on “Challenges Facing Selangor under Pakatan Rakyat” to some 150 people at Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), which received a warm reception. The talk is part of ISEAS’ series of lectures on “New Dynamics of Malaysian Politics”. During the two-hour session, the Menteri Besar stated that despite the political tsunami following the March 8, 2008 general election results, the culture of politicking has not changed.
“Some quarters tend to use underhanded means that distract all good efforts at working out policy and its implementation,” said the Menteri Besar. Nevertheless, he gave solid proposals at improving governance in Selangor and beyond, and ended on a positive note that although challenges loomed large, much opportunity exists to qualify Pakatan Rakyat as a viable alternative government.
SELANGOR MENTERI BESAR OFFICE