KUALA LUMPUR – Former Minister of Federal Territories, Khalid Samad confessed to appointing his former Political Secretary, Azli Yusuf into the Advisory Board of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
However, he said that the position did not enable him to grant approval to any application.
On the contrary, the Member of Parliament of Shah Alam said that the position only advised the Mayor on issues surrounding the policy of DBKL.
According to him, Azli’s appointment was made based on his experience as the two-term city councillor of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), besides holding a degree from a University in the United States of America.
“My former Political Secretary was the Advisory Board Member of DBKL. It was a non-executive position and only functioned to advise the Mayor on policy issues. The board does not grant approval for any applications.
“With his experience and knowledge, he was believed to be able to advise the Mayor of DBKL in various issues,” he said in his blog.
Khalid also confessed that his former Political Secretary was the Chief of Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) in Shah Alam since 2015, who had the potential to replace him as the people’s representative in the future.
“I have been the Member of Parliament of Shah Alam since 2008, an area with 80% Malays who brought me to my victory with the majority of over 30 thousand in 2018. Shah Alam is a Malay area and they wished to be represented by a leader who is free from corruption,” he said, responding a questions raised by Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his Facebook post.
Najib, the former Prime Minister requested Khalid to explain if the latter’s former Political Secretary who is under police remand following a complaint by a company issued with a fake Development Order (DO) by a broker who claimed to have obtained an approval of a project from a Board Member of DBKL with a position in PAN Shah Alam.
At the same time, Khalid also linked the ‘broker’ questioned by Najib with Jho Low.
“The meaning of broker is someone like Jho Low. It’s impossible that Jib doesn’t know. Didn’t Jib use his service to help the Malays, especially in the Pekan? In this case, the broker alleged that he represented Hj Azli, but it wasn’t true. Unlike Jho Low’s case where he was said to be very close with Jibby,” he added.
On 17 May, an architect was reported to have dealt with a man with ‘Datuk’ title and his wife to gain approval for a development plan in early June last year.
Khalid through his Twitter also verified that his former Political Secretary has been remanded by the police following a report by a company being issued with fake DO by a broker.
He claimed that the broker had received rewards by selling the name of his former officer, Hj Azli.
He was accused for receiving RM1 million for the approval of the development plan. –MalaysiaGazette