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Nazri praises Pakatan led states

KUALA LUMPUR: After receiving praises from the Auditor-General (AG) for managing their state finances well, a federal minister also congratulated Pakatan Rakyat-led states.

“It’s good for them. There are good Pakatan and BN managed states. I congratulate them,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz, at a press conference held at the Parliament lobby today.
Earlier, it was reported that the AG had praised Selangor and Penang for collecting a revenue of RM62.50 million and RM192.19 million respectively.

Both states recorded an surge of 46.8% and four percent respectively as compared to the previous year.
The AG report also praised Kedah and Kelantan for their revenue collection but said that the states needed to improve their debt management system.

Nazri said that the AG report proved that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government has no bad intention against their political rivals as accused by some quarters.

“If we wanted to hide facts, we would have hidden all the praises meant for Pakatan led states,” he said.
On accusations that the AG report was “filtered”, Nazri dismissed the claims outright saying it was baseless.

“How can we ‘filter’ the report? Besides, we have no ability to hide anything. People these days are too advanced,” said the Padang Rengas MP.

On related matter, Nazri said that the report was delayed for two weeks in order to allow Budget 2013 to be debated first at the Dewan Rakyat.

“All ministries will wrap up their debate on Budget 2013 this week. So MPs will have a week to study the AG report and raise issues next week,” he said.-FMT


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