More than just blueprints, Selangor’s action plans aim for a leading, liveable state - Amirudin

NURUL ATIKAH SARJI

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NURUL ATIKAH SARJI
28 Jul 2023 08:00am
Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari during an exclusive interview with Sinar.
Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari during an exclusive interview with Sinar.
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SHAH ALAM – Selangor, under the helm of its Dato Menteri Besar Selangor Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has more than just a blueprint to ensure that the development in the state grows to achieve the golden balance between becoming a developed and liveable state.

Amirudin, who led the state government under Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s administration since June 2018, revealed that the state moved with the direction of an action plan to develop and improve the livelihood of the people and economy of the country.

"Previously, we had between 20 and 35 structural plans but those were just structures. This time, we reach to the project, we reach to the programme and how to ensure that the sustainability and capability of our state reach a high level and be a state that (Malaysia) can be proud of as well as the main player in the Southeast Asia region.

"Although we do not call it a superstate, but our direction is clear, towards being a leading but liveable state.

"It means that we want to strike a balance, or get the golden balance between development and livelihood," he said in an exclusive interview with Sinar.

Aside from that, Amirudin stressed that First Selangor Plan (RS-1) – formulated to drive comprehensive, sustainable and continuous state development in the present and future – was a comprehensive proof that the state was the only one with a plan formulated by its civil servants.

While other states usually sought consultants' services to formulate such plans, up to 80 per cent of the RS-1 plan was framed by civil servants.

"Yes, I admit that we also use the services of consultants, but the services of consultants are only hired at the final stage to complete the study. In fact, all the work at the initial stage was done by civil servants," he explained.

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Amirudin also elaborated that the trust includes civil servants, where the state government gives them opportunities and full responsibility to fulfil their respective duties.

The RS-1 served as the state's five-year development framework, featuring more than 200 projects which had and would benefit the rakyat of Selangor.

RS-1 included certain Federal projects like the Light Rail Transit (LRT), as well as private and public projects with the state government projects, such as the deepening of Sungai Klang, and the Raw Water Guarantee Scheme, which will be completed by the end of this year or by 2024, to prevent pollution.

The Gombak Member of Parliament highlighted that the state now has its own Aviation Show and it had also developed the country's rail industry in the state.

"We are in the midst of planning several frameworks for networking so that the railway network can be improved," he said.

He explained that the success driven by team spirit also enabled the state government to get more than its revenue target for three consecutive years in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Amirudin, who is also the former Sungai Tua state legislative assemblyman, believed that every plan requires careful leadership and getting along quickly and decisively in making decisions.

"Alhamdulillah, we in Selangor opened up a great opportunity for all state government excos to discuss as honestly as possible. That became a recipe because the core and trust were important elements in the context of my administration at that time," he elaborated.

Meanwhile, on Aug 2 last year, the Selangor State Legislative Assembly approved the RS-1 2021 - 2025 plan for development projects expected to cost RM212.44 billion.

The plan would prioritise sustainable development, welfare programme empowerment of the populace, and economic progress, emphasising the importance of effective and transparent government operations.

While paying attention to the ongoing five-year 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), which will affect Selangor, RS-1 would consider thorough policy implementation, projects, and initiatives between the state and federal governments.

Here are the lists of achievements for Selangor under Amirudin’s leadership:

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