Govt will be fair to all states, says Azmin

SHAH ALAM: The Federal Government has given assurance that it will be fair to all states, including those led by the Opposition, in the efforts to revive the Covid-19-affected economy.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is also the International Trade and Industry Minister, said no issue arose regarding differing political ideologies when it came to economic development, which was a shared responsibility especially post-Covid-19.

He said Selangor contributed more than 23% to the National Gross Domestic Product and the federal and state governments must ensure there was no disruption.

“We put aside politics and this is the time we come together to face economic challenges.

“No question of political differences. The federal and state governments have a joint duty to the people especially post Covid-19, ” he said after chairing the Selangor State Development Action Council meeting with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari at i-City yesterday.

Azmin added that although he represented the Federal Government, Selangor was dear to him and glad that the state has a strong team under Amirudin.

He also said the meeting decided to expedite the implementation of several infrastructure projects that had been approved previously.

“This crucial given that the projects had a multiplier effect towards stimulating the state’s economy as well as the country’s economy, ” he said.

The former PKR deputy president also said he came to Selangor to help the state’s economy and denied that he had an ulterior political motive in his presence in Selangor.

“My presence here is to show my support to the state under Amirudin’s leadership. I am also a Selangorian, ” he said when asked if there was an agenda in his first meeting with his former fellow party man.

Azmin and Amirudin are deemed to be in separate camps in PKR after the former left the party to join Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin to form the Perikatan Nasional government.

Amirudin meanwhile said he was all for professionalism between the federal and state governments when it involved economic recovery.

“We’ve put aside political differences and move towards economic recovery.”

Source: The Star

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