‘Has Azmin suspended freedom of information?’
Published:  May 19, 2015 12:52 AM
Updated: 1:36 AM

Gerakan Youth smells a rat in the Selangor government after DAP assemblyperson Lau Weng San failed to get information on the salaries of members of the top management in the state’s government-linked companies.

Lau said yesterday he asked the state legislative assembly for the details months ago and to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali a month ago, but to no avail.

Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said this gives rise to suspicion that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Enactment 2010 has been suspended without notice.

Urging Azmin to clarify, Tan ( right ) said the policy was strongly advocated by former menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but there is much confusion as to where this state law stands.

More surprising, he said, was that even Pakatan Rakyat representatives were in the dark over where Azmin’s administration stands on this.

“(The) MB should clarify his state policy without further delay,” Tan said.

Lau said yesterday that the only response he received was that the information he sought is protected under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.

However, he believes the Act, which protects personal data in commercial transactions, does not apply to salaries of the GLC top brass.

GLCs are not normal companies, he explained, but companies that are funded by the government.

"We are telling the government that there is no need to use this Act as an obstacle," Lau added.

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