Why the delay?: Selangor Government questions Raja Petra and Noh Omar (Graphics by Dayang Norazhar)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Government has offered to sponsor Raja Petra Kamaruddin's return so that he can provide evidence on his allegations that the state government was involved in awarding illegal sand mining contracts.
Faekah Ismail, political secretary to Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, when speaking to The Mole,“We have called Raja Petra to come down to Selangor with the evidence. We told him the state was willing to sponsor his trip
"However, we have never received any calls from him on our offer.’’
Faekah said it had been a long wait for the controversial blogger, widely known simply as RPK, to provide the evidence of the alleged Pakatan Rakyat-led state government's involvement in the awarding of illegal sand mining contracts.
She said: "Why is Raja Petra withholding the evidence from us."
Faekah added: “The state government cannot start with the Investigations if he (Raja Petra) withholds evidence as this will cause a delay.’’
RPK had claimed in his portal Malaysia Today that two Parti Keadilan Rakyat's assemblymen had set up a company, the Double Dignity, to secure illegal sand mining contracts from state-owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB).
The blogger had named Sri Muda and Batu Caves assemblymen Shuhaimi Shafiei and Amiruddin Shari respectively.
In a news report, the duo had enied securing sand mining contracts from KSSB claiming it was impossible for the company to secure such deals as it was not registered under the state-owned company.
Apart from RPK, Faekah said the state government was also "waiting" for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar to provide evidence to similar allegations.
Noh had also accused the Selangor government of being involved in awarding illegal sand mining permits across the state.
Meanwhile the postponed Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) public hearing into the alleged sand mining irregularities by KSSB had resumed on March 5.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had also resumed their probe into illegal sand mining in the state after the matter was brought back to light by RPK.
Prior to this, Barisan Nasional MP for Hulu Selangor P.Kamalanathan believed the Selangor Government was not serious in curbing illegal sand mining operations as such activity is a source of income for some in the administration.
On Kamalanathan’s claim, Faekah said the state government has given authority to the various District Council and Land Offices in Selangor to handle the matter.
“The officers are doing a good job in identifying new illegal sand mining hotspots.’’
“Recently, a site was discovered in Kuala Langat, we are determined to get rid of such businesses.’’