I wasnt exactly holding my breath over yesterday's announcement of the new 'trimmed-down' cabinet line-up by the prime minister. More of the same, I thought. In fact, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has warned that the new cabinet line-up will only spark more turmoil in UMNO. “The other coalition partners are also in serious trouble. They cannot claim to have the support of their own communities and constituents any more,” he said. (Read the Malaysiakini report, here).
I was more excited over reports that Selangor’s newly appointed Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim have said that he was going to review a lop-sided water supply agreement entered by the previous state government with two companies on the eve of the polling day. “I have noticed there is some imbalance between the revenues (that would have been accorded) to the state and the people," he said. This 'sweetheart deal' based on political influence would only have enriched the people who got the concession. Selfish crony capitalism, if you ask me.
Perhaps this is the start of more reviews in future of many more lop-sided deals made by the previous administration e.g., the toll road concessionaires, et al. Of special interest to me is the dubious land deal made with another favourite 'sweetheart', Kuala Dimensi/Wijaya Baru for the Port Klang Free Zone land which the outgoing parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have failed miserably to uncover ... and the PAC chairman is now a full minister. Sheesh.
Anyway, things are beginning to get more interesting, eh?