..Describing Saari’s comments as “blatant lies”, Khir Toyo called him a coward for attacking his wife. “Why must he attack my wife, attack a woman?” he asked.
Khir Toyo, of course, is no stranger to making accusations against women. It was he who infamously claimed DAP MP Teresa Kok of leading protests against the volume of the azan (the Muslim call to prayer) at mosques in Puchong and Kota Damansara.
This subsequently led to Kok, whom mosque authorities have said was not involved, being briefly detained under the dreaded ISA.
Saari claims that an outraged Khir Toyo has threatened and cursed him, telling him that he would “seek vengeance till the end of time” if his wife miscarried.
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim condemned Khir Toyo’s conduct, calling it highly inappropriate and chastised him for not taking time to answer the allegations in the assembly but instead doing it in the lobby of the State Assembly.
The second issue is the RM350,000 that the Menteri Besar’s office reportedly spent on air tickets between 2006 and 2007.
Khalid said that the money had been spent on 21 overseas trips and bookings had been made by one Green Adventure Holidays. He called for the relationship between the travel agent and Khir Toyo to be declared, and said that in the future all trips should be organised by Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd, a state-owned company.
The alleged abuse of state funds for travel is also connected to earlier accusations by PKR state assemblyman Azmin Ali that Khir Toyo’s wife Zahrah had gone on “technical visits” to Tokyo Disneyland.
Khir, who blogs at http://www.drkhir.com, has been strangely silent on the round of accusations against him.
This is not the first time the embattled former MB has come under fire by the Pakatan Rakyat state government.
In February, auditors discovered that when he was chairman of Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the state government specially established to handle commercial projects , he did not declare all benefits including non-monetary perks to the Inland Revenue Board.
In April last year, he and his wife came under public scrutiny for the transfer of RM9.9 million from Balkis, a charity association for the wives of Selangor assemblymen and MPs to Bakti, another charity organisation for wives of ministers and deputy ministers following an emergency meeting shortly after PR took control over the Selangor state government.
Khir Toyo, no stranger to attacking women, protests ‘attacks’ on his wife