Posted: 08 Aug 2014 02:37 AM PDT
How does one become the head of a government? And when one does, does one forget the people who supported you and voted you into public office?
Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (pic), the beleaguered incumbent Selangor Menteri Besar, believes that state government matters are separate from the party and he does not need to explain his actions to the party or rather, he is beyond the party’s scrutiny.
So, who is he answerable to? To the state ruler? To the people who elected him directly in Port Klang or to the people who voted for his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition or to those who had confidence in him as menteri besar?
When he was the prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had always stressed that he was only in that office because he was the Umno president. He owed his position as PM to his his party and that was why he had to take cognisance of the party’s views in running the country.
Obviously, Khalid does not think the same way.
In a three-page reply addressed to the PKR disciplinary board chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong, which was posted on the Selangorku website, Khalid said the board’s show cause letter had asked him to give detailed explanations on five issues.
They include the water restructuring deal in Selangor, MB’s new allowance, tax increase on business licenses, the proposed Kidex expressway and the Bank Islam out-of-court settlement issue.
“The five additional issues which have been raised were discussed by the state government committee which has the executive power to administer Selangor.
“The PKR disciplinary board only has the authority to decide on any transgressions related to the party and not state administrative issues,” Khalid said in his reply, which his political secretary submitted to the party this morning.
This is where Khalid is wrong.
He is answerable to his party because he is the MB by virtue of the support and confidence of his party. The party leadership now has no confidence in him, hence the crisis enveloping the state government.
As a public official, he is also answerable to the voters and that is why he has to make public the out-of-court settlement with Bank Islam. If he had lost the case, Khalid could be a bankrupt and lose his Port Klang state seat and be out of the Selangor Menteri Besar’s job in a flash.
He obviously does not view the situation that way. What would his options be if PKR goes ahead and sacks him? What would his options be if his executive councillors resign?
And, who put him where he is today? At the very least, he should listen to those who put him in public office, supported his job, and end this sorry spectacle of a leader ignoring his own people.
Posted: 08 Aug 2014 02:37 AM PDT
The PAS Shura Council is not privy to all the details on the Selangor menteri besar (MB) tussle, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today, after the council announced its support for Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to remain as MB.
The opposition leader said while he respected the decision of the council to retain Khalid, it needed to be briefed on certain facts.
“I feel that there are issues that we need to explain to them (the Shura Council) that they are not privy to before this.
“And Khalid is not only a leader in Keadilan and a menteri besar but also a friend and like family to me, so I don’t want this to prolong or cross unethical boundaries,” he said at a press conference today.
He also called on PKR members to stick to the facts and the interests of the party when debating the MB issue, and nothing beyond that.
When asked about a comment that Khalid’s refusal to relinquish his MB post is similar to his refusal to resign from the Cabinet in 1998, Anwar said that it was not the same, as the issue of transition of leadership and the ‘Kajang move’ was not new and had been discussed and decided since January 15 this year.
He added that although Khalid had said that he was not fully supportive of the Kajang move, he was elections director for the Kajang by-election.
“There were umpteen meetings between PR leaders and also with Khalid, so I don’ t think it is correct to equate that rancorous exchange in 1998 with the position now and the issues raised.
“At the right time, if compelled, I will explain, but for now the public needs to know that we have observed the process of the transition of the MB post through many meetings, counseling and advice over the last six months,” he said.
Anwar said the the Selangor MB issue would be the focus of the PKR central leadership council tomorrow, but added that he could not say for sure if they would announce a decision after the meeting.
On whether Selangor PKR lawmakers were told to sign a statutory declaration pledging support for Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB, he said that it was only a suggestion at this point and a decision on that would be made later at a more suitable time.
|You are subscribed to email updates from Anwar Ibrahim |
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now.
|Email delivery powered by Google|
|Google Inc., 20 West Kinzie, Chicago IL USA 60610|