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Azmin didn’t entice voters, says office

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KUALA LUMPUR — A popular online news site earned rebuke from a Selangor government representative over the manner it uploaded a story which seemed to put Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali in bad light.

“The aid distributed by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali in his constituency was approved before the state assembly was dissolved,” a spokesman for the menteri besar’s office said yesterday.

Azmin’s strategic communications director, Yin Shao Loong, was responding to the news portal’s article that reported Azmin as handing out more than RM2 million in “goodies” that included “cash, laptops and iPads”.

“All applications for this aid were made prior to the dissolution and do not represent ad hoc spending specially tailored for the election season. The allegation of ‘goodies’ in the headline is thus misleading,” Yin said.

“Constituency disbursements are a regular part of a public representative’s duties to their constituents and Datuk Seri Azmin reports such events openly on his social media accounts. His last such event was on Dec 16, 2017.”

Yin also disputed the reported value and form of the handouts, insisting that Azmin gave out RM1 million instead of RM2 million and in cheques rather than cash.

“To suggest that ‘cash’ was handed out gives the impression that what occurred was an event of a very base political calibre, which is far from the truth,” he said.

Yin said the total aid was RM967,150 covering four events Azmin held in Gombak and Bukit Antarabangsa, as opposed to the reported amount of RM2.24 million.

Meanwhile, Azmin confirmed that Pakatan Harapan has completed negotiations on all the state seats in Selangor.

Alhamdulillah (thank God), it has been done. Be patient and wait for our announcement,” he said.

Azmin was tight-lipped when asked about the probable announcement dates for the Selangor PH candidates.

“We will see, but it will be announced before nomination day. Could be tomorrow or day after tomorrow. What is important is that is has been finalised,” he said.

Last week Malay Mail reported that about six seats in Selangor were still being deliberated by party leaders.

The seats were identified as Sungai Burong, Sungai Panjang, Seri Serdang, Lembah Jaya, Kota Damansara and Dusun Tua.