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State Exco takes full responsibility over attempts to declassify landslide report

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state executive council (EXCO) will take full responsibility over its actions to declassify the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide report. Other state officials are not responsible as they were not part of the decision-making process and therefore should not be made legally liable, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Since the report touches on land issues, which are under the legal purview of the State, the EXCO on Nov 18, 2009 agreed to use the power of the Menteri Besar under Section 2C of the Official Secrets Act 1972 to declassify the document, he explained in a statement on Nov 30.

The report on the final investigations of the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide however has yet to be released to the public as the state government was told that the decision to declassify the report lies with the Federal Government.

“The State Government is making all efforts to secure the approval of the relevant federal bodies and agencies to make the report public,” said Khalid.

The State Government and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council have written to the Works Ministry and the Cabinet seeking approval to have the report released to the public.
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