PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional (BN) is ready to study a proposal to allow consumers to take up shares in Air Selangor.
The idea was first mooted by former Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim in 2008 as he felt it would give consumers a greater say in improving the company’s services.
After former prime minister Najib Razak revived the idea following Khalid’s death on July 31, Selangor Barisan Nasional communications chief Jamal Yunos said the matter would be considered by a professional committee.
He told reporters the committee will be headed by Selangor BN chairman Noh Omar, who is also responsible for drafting Selangor BN’s manifesto ahead of the next general election (GE15).
Jamal said BN should take the opportunity to make good on the promise originally made by the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government, which was made up of PKR, DAP and PAS, before the 2013 general election.
However, PAS left the coalition before the 2018 general election, while PKR and DAP formed Pakatan Harapan (PH) together with Amanah, with the coalition currently governing Selangor.
“They (PR) won the (2013) election because of that promise. This shows that the people of Selangor really believed that the government would fulfill all the promises listed in their manifesto,” said Jamal.
“Najib’s suggestion was initially made by Khalid, but it was cancelled after PH took over the Selangor government.
“It’s sad when the public cannot enjoy the state’s wealth.”
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Najib suggested that BN include Khalid’s suggestion as part of the coalition’s manifesto for GE15.
Khalid was unable to follow through on it as he was replaced as Selangor menteri besar in September 2014 by Azmin Ali.
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