Flip-Flopping on MB: PAS ready against members’ revolt?

It unsure PAS Central Working Committee ready to face the wrath of the grassroots after this morning’s decision that to remain steadfast with PKR and DAP in the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows and nominated ADUN for Bukit Antarabangsa Azmin Ali and ADUN for Kajang Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB Selangor.

NST story:

Pas nominates Dr Azizah, Azmin for Sgor MB, pushes Khalid aside

BY NST TEAM – 17 AUGUST 2014 @ 1:36 PM

Kuala Lumpur: PAS has announced PKR deputy president Azmin Ali alongside PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar candidates.

The party’s deputy president Mohamed Sabu said after careful deliberation the party has also decided to remain in Pakatan Rakyat and will continue to work together for’ tahaluf siyasi’ (political cooperation).

Mohamed said the four state exco members will also remain in the state government to ensure that their duty towards the rakyat is not affected.

Mohamed stressed that the party will not demand the mb post to respect the spirit of cooperation within the opposition alliance.

When asked about the party’s previous support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Mohamed said it was no longer an issue as he had been sacked from his party.

” Khalid is no longer an issue because he was sacked and therefore is not a member of Pakatan,” he told reporters here.

The two hour meeting was chaired by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Among those who attended were Pas secretary general Datuk Mustafa Ali, vice president Salahuddin Ayub, and its youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat.

By Syed Umar Ariff, Ili Liyana Mokhtar & Adrian Lai

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The Anwarista controlled PAS CWC made this decision despite earlier announcements made by PAS Spiritual Leader Dato’ Hj Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Ulama’ Council, which was echoed by PAS President Dato’ Hj Hadi Awang, to support Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as MB Selangor.

Hadi Awang affirmed PAS Selangor’s call for Khalid to continue as MB Selangor, considering the latter did very well and had free from personal controversy.

In sundry, majority of PAS grassroots especially in Selangor welcome the decision to maintain Khalid as MB Selangor even though it would demonstrate that the Pakatan Rakyat do not have the common aspiration, values and beliefs but to ascend to power.

Last Sunday, PKR Leadership Council sacked Khalid as a party member.

However, PAS Spiritual Leader Nik Aziz reaffirmed his stance for Khalid to remain as MB Selangor and opined that the sacking is of no relevance.

NST story:

Nik Aziz reaffirms Pas’ support for Khalid

10 AUGUST 2014 @ 8:42 AM

PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yesterday reiterated to party leaders and members to obey the decision made by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang on the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

Nik Aziz reaffirmed the party’s Syura Council’s stand to continue supporting Khalid as Selangor menteri besar, as it was based on syarak (Islamic canon law).

“Whether PKR accepts the decision or not, it is up to it. We accept the decision made by our party president and I support it,” said Nik Aziz after maghrib prayers at his residence in Kampung Pulau Melaka here yesterday.

The Syura Council is Pas’ highest decision-making body.

However, the former Kelantan menteri besar was not certain whether Hadi’s decision to back Khalid had driven a wedge among Pas members.

“I do not know whether the decision has split Pas into two.

“Even if the party president did not comment on the controversy, I would have done so,” said Nik Aziz.

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said on Friday that PKR was not bound by the decision made by the Syura Council.

Nik Aziz said it was PKR’s prerogative to sack Khalid.

He said the sacking was an internal matter of the party and did not involve Pas.

“PKR can sack any of its members.

“That is not our problem.”

Asked whether he had expected Khalid to be sacked, Nik Aziz said nothing was impossible in politics.

Pas Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad had also hit out against the Syura Council’s decision.

His reputation among party members came under fire for his bold rejection of the council’s resolution.

On Khalid Samad’s alleged breach of ranks, Pas Selangor commissioner Iskandar Samad said the decision whether to take disciplinary action against him was the prerogative of the central leadership.

“At the same time, Khalid Samad needs to understand that the decision made by the Syura Council should be endorsed by all party members.”

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PAS Ulama’ Couincil or Majlis Syura, made a strong stance for Khalid to continue as MB Selangor. PAS Spiritual Leader Nik Aziz and Deputy Dato’ Haron Din explained that the decision is made after weighing the interest of the Selangor State versus the morbid political aspiration of Anwar Ibrahim just ascend power.

PAS Ulama Council via Acting Head Dato’ Ahmad Yakob also stated that PAS is prepared to exit the unregistered political organisation.

Bernama.com story:

PAS ready to exit Pakatan, says Ulama Council

Published: 10 August 2014
PAS’s Ulama Council today said the party was prepared to exit the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition over the Selangor menteri besar saga.

Earlier, the party’s spiritual leader, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, had said PAS was prepared to leave PR because of differences on the sacking of Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim by his party, PKR.

The other partner in PR is DAP, which has also backed PKR.

The council’s acting head, Datuk Ahmad Yakob, said this would be nothing new as PAS had exited Barisan Nasional (BN) and an alliance with the now defunct Semangat 46 party to pursue its struggle on its own.
“If we (PAS) have to go it alone, we accept that. This is the history of PAS that was mentioned by Tok Guru (Nik Aziz). PAS’s struggle has never been easy.

“PAS’s Shura Council (the party’s highest decision-making body) made the decision (on Khalid’s position as MB). It was based on constitutional provisions,” he said today.

On Friday, Nik Aziz and his deputy, Datuk Dr Haron Din, issued a joint statement saying that the Shura Council held the view that Khalid should remain as the MB so long as he had not betrayed the people’s trust.

Ahmad, who is the Menteri Besar of Kelantan, however, said he wanted to see the issue resolved amicably and denied the crisis had caused a split in PR.

“Not at all. It helps us mature in politics and I ask everyone to remain calm and find the best solution.

“If the Selangor assembly is dissolved, that will also be a problem.”

Asked whether Khalid should join PAS now that he was an independent, Ahmad said this was Khalid’s decision. – Bernama, August 10, 2014.

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PAS is party claimed to be upholding the struggle as per stated in the Al Quran and Hadith, that is governed by the CWC. However, it supposed to adhere policies and interpretations of philosophy and theology from the Ulama Council.

This is the ideology of the party that majority of PAS grassroots understand and stood by.

However, many of strategic positions in the PAS CWC have been taken over by liberal and pro-Anwar Ibrahim leaders, dubbed as Erdogans. More and more pro-Ulama’ leaders whose stance are truthful on the teachings and position and role of Islam in Malaysia, were either sidelined or ousted.

The most prominent example is former PAS Selangor Commmissioner Dato’ Dr Hassan Ali, who was sacked because of making remarks against PAS’s support towards Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on the Sodomy II. Dr Hassan stance that the case is Anwar’s personal issue and PAS as a party should abstain from it.

Other glaring issues are no ‘Kalimah Allah’ and ‘Hudud’, which contradicts directly against the stance of PAS’s unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows DAP and PKR on the matter.

Clearly, majority of PAS grassroots are with the PAS Ulama’ Council on these and very unhappy with the CWC’s stance.

Former PAS Selangor Secretary Norman Toha

The original stance of PAS on the attempt to oust Khalid as MB Selangor and sacking from PKR as a member is an opportunity which saw many of PAS’s grassroots demonstrated their displeasure and discomfort with Anwar Ibrahim and PAS’s political relationship with DAP.

If Ahmad’s statement is taken as gospel, then PAS grassroots would adhere to the party as a stand alone political organisation. PAS’s stance to back Khalid as MB Selangor actually demonstrated a lot of courage that the party is for the interests of the rakyat well ahead of political games and drama.

It is no mystery even to PAS grassroots Khalid is a better MB choice for Selangor compared to Wan Azizah, hands down.

If the belief and value of PAS’s original struggle is something close to the heart for the majority of its grassroots, then the gluttony of ascending to power is of lesser on the priority list. Especially, when the power has to be ‘shared’ if not subservient to Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng.

It is time for a ‘PAS Spring’. PAS grassroots should rise and take away power from the Anwaristas and Erdogans, who are driving PAS away from its original philosophy, struggle and purpose.

Published in: on August 17, 2014 at 14:00  Comments (8)  

Psycho pitching for power

Letter from HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor to MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim informing about the sacking of the five Excos

Letter from HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor  dated 12 August 2014to MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim informing about the sacking of the five Excos

In the desperate attempt to recover a failed political coup d’etat which ended with the sacking of five Selangor State Govt Excos from PKR and DAP two days ago, it is believed that Opposition Leader is pitching to get PAS ADUNs to crossover and support PKR and DAP in the Selangor State Assembly.

A few days before Court of Appeal in January decided against KL High Court acquittal for Sodomy II, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim announced that MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim would be removed and the former was to stand in as an ADUN and immediately take over.

However, instead he was convicted and thus the plan to ascend as MB Selangor went down the gutter.

Hence, PKR Director of Strategy Rafizi Ramli deviced “The Kajang Move” pitted PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the candidate for DUN25 Kajang by-election upon the summary resignation Lee Shien Cheh.

After winning with comfortable majority, Wan Azizah never got to assume the MB Selangor despite the so-called ‘Leadership’ of PKR decided so.

MB Khalid ignored even the PKR Leadership Council decided that had to leave and make way for Wan Azizah. As a result, PKR Disciplinary Board Chairman Dato’ Dr Tan Kee Kwong issued him a showcause letter with trumped up charges, of which have no relevance to his post and role as the MB Selangor.

Five days later, PKR Leadership Council sacked him as a party member. It was later ruled by HRH Sultan of Selangor that the sacking of Khalid from PKR has no bearing on his post and role as MB Selangor and wanted the latter to continue carrying out his duties.

PAS, which had been a partner in the Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows since April 2008 when the ‘Political Tsunami’ of 12GE happened on 8 March 2008 and saw BN lost majority in five states and 2/3 control of Parliament, threw 100% support for Khalid to stay on as MB despite PKR and DAP sternly wanted him out.

UMNO, which is the Opposition in the Selangor State Assembly since 12GE, threw unconditional support for Khalid to continue as MB Selangor, for the sake of stable and smooth administration of Selangor State Government and rakyat of Selangor’s interest. That is inline of the BN ‘1Malaysia’ concept where rakyat comes first.

Despite being partyless, Khalid enjoys PAS’s 15 ADUN and UMNO’s 12 ADUN support which translate to DAP and PKR do not have the pleasure of being a majority party in Selangor State Assembly.

As such, HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ruled that Khalid should remain as MB Selangor and had his full confidence.

Letter by Messrs Bon & Associates of behalf of Khalid to PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Letter by Messrs Bon & Associates of behalf of Khalid to PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

On Monday 14  August 2014, Khalid took Wan Azizah and Dr Tan to court who the wrongful and defective dismissal from PKR a day earlier.

Majority of the Selangor State Government Excos, who are representing PKR and DAP rebelled against MB Khalid and stood by their party stance to want  the ADUN Pelabuhan Klang to be ousted. As such, MB Khalid sacked Elizabeth Wong, V Ganabathirao, Daroyah Ali, Tang Cheng Kim and Ean Yong from their respective Exco posts.

Yesterday, MB Khalid produced a letter from HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah dated 12 August 2014 for the consent to the sack five Selangor State Govt Excos representing PKR and DAP with immediate effect.

Former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar is believed trying to induce individual PAS ADUNs to come and support his failed ‘Kajang Move’ so that he can prove that his wife Wan Azizah who is now ADUN Kajang has the majority support of Selangor State Assembly.

This is no mystery at all since Anwar did this once, exactly six years ago when he tried to coax and create a hype that “31 BN MPs are with him, thus he wants to present himself to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIII that he has majority support of Dewan Rakyat and should be made the Prime Minister”.

This is an obviously psychopathic failed politician who is now on the way out of mainstream politics for good, but also be put away from society for the come of committing sodomy for the second time when the Federal Court uphold the Court of Appeal decision.

*Updated 1430hrs

Published in: on August 14, 2014 at 12:00  Comments (9)  

The Chief strikes back, Pt VI

Letter from HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor to MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim informing about the sacking of the five Excos

Letter from HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor to MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim dated 12 August informing about agreeing to the sacking of the five Excos with immediate effect

Master strategist and former corporate giant MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim proven his mettle and valuable experience with getting the HRH Sultan of Selangor to buy into his position as the Menteri Besar and making a conviction where the interest of the Selangor State is paramount against politics.

Pro-Anwar newsportal TMI story:

Khalid says Sultan only took 2 hours to agree to exco sackings

BY ANISAH SHUKRY

Published: 13 August 2014

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid ‎Ibrahim today said he had received the Selangor Sultan’s consent with regard to the sacking of the six PKR and DAP executive councillors. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 13, 2014.
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid ‎Ibrahim today said he had received the Selangor Sultan’s consent with regard to the sacking of the six PKR and DAP executive councillors. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 13, 2014.
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid ‎Ibrahim today said the state sultan had consented to the sackings of the six PKR and DAP executive councillors.
“I wrote the letter (to the sultan) at 2pm yesterday after receiving news that the PKR and DAP exco had released a statement saying they will not support the MB,” Khalid told a press conference after chairing a meeting with the executive council (exco) members.

“The sultan gave a written reply to allow the MB to tell the exco they are no longer in service. The sultan replied me in two hours.”

Khalid said today he chaired a meeting with the remaining four PAS councillors, noting that the number was suffice according to article 53(2) b of the Selangor state law, which states that four people is sufficient to run the state government.
The menteri besar said the sacked exco members would be given ample time to clear out their offices.‎

‎DAP’s Datuk Teng Chang Kim, Yong Hian and V. Ganabathi Rao, as well as PKR’s Elizabeth Wong and Dr Daroyah Alwi today turned up for work as Selangor exco members at the state secretariat building, despite receiving their termination letters yesterday.

The exco members told a press conference last night that they deemed the sackings invalid as they felt it was impossible for Khalid to have obtained the sultan’s consent yesterday.

Teng also said that Khalid, who was an independent assemblyman since his expulsion from PKR Saturday, could not dismiss any Pakatan Rakyat (PR) member from the Selangor government as it was led by PR.

But Khalid ‎today refused to recognise Selangor as a PR-led state.

“We have the names DAP, PAS, PKR and Umno. So it is up to your interpretation,” he told reporters.

“But you must remember that PR is not a registered body.”

Khalid added that he and the four PAS exco members would now focus on running the government and protecting the people’s welfare.

“I welcome Umno’s support but for the time being, PAS and I will manage Selangor’s administration with the help of civil servants to ensure everything runs smoothly.”

Khalid was sacked last Saturday after he refused to resign as directed by his party, to pave the way for Kajang assemblyman and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to take over the MB’s post.

Khalid has also been facing mounting pressure from the PKR leadership to resign over his handling of Selangor affairs.

These include the state’s management of its water resources, the Kidex highway and seizure of Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

On Monday, Khalid said the sultan had consented for him to remain as MB as of now as he commanded the confidence of the majority. – August 13, 2014.

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PKR Leadership Council met on Sunday 10 August 2014, five days after Disciplinary Board Chairman Dato’ Dr Tan Kee Kwong issued a showcase letter to MB Khalid, for various trumped up charges.

HRH Sultan Selangor also refused to meet with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim when the latter attempted to get an audience to get MB Khalid sacked, after he was expelled from PKR on Sunday.

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PAS vowed that they would never support PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB Selangor.

NST story:

Pas will never accept Wan Azizah as Selangor MB: Hadi

BY ADRIAN LAI – 13 AUGUST 2014 @ 3:36 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas will never support PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to become next Selangor menteri besar as she will only serve as her husband’s puppet, said party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

In an interview with Pas newsletter Harakah today, Hadi said Dr Azizah’s decisions, should she assume the Selangor MB post, would be heavily influenced by her husband and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Taking note of past events, Pas is afraid that every decision she makes will be influenced by Anwar. As a wife, she is duty-bound by Islam to be faithful to her husband.

“Because of this, her tenures as an elected representative (in Permatang Pauh and Kajang) have revealed many of her weaknesses,” Hadi was quoted by Harakah as saying.

Hadi was also quoted as saying that Dr Azizah was unfit to helm the Selangor government as she has no prior experience in running a state.

“The MB’s duties are very important; he has to act as Islamic adviser to the sultan of Selangor. This particular responsibility cannot be shouldered by a woman,” he told Harakah.

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The Chief strikes back, Pt V

Today, more legal letters by New Sin Yew. Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is his capacity as MB Selangor, ADUN Pelabuhan Utara, MP Bandar Tun Razak, former CEO of PNB and a holder PSM is now taking PKR Secretary General Saifuddin Nasution Ismail  to court.

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Khalid is really getting back against all these conspirators from his own party, to oust him from the post of MB Selangor only for reasons to serve Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim sordid political agenda as an obviously failed politician. When they failed, Khalid was unfairly sacked from the party.

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As MB Selangor, today Khalid sacked all Selangor State Excos from PKR and DAP. Both parties were united about ousting him as MB Selangor.

The Star story:

Published: Tuesday August 12, 2014 MYT 7:05:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 12, 2014 MYT 7:10:56 PM

Selangor MB crisis: Khalid moves to sack DAP, PKR excos

BY A. RUBAN

 

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has written to the Palace requesting for the sacking of five DAP and PKR exco members.

Khalid, however, said he was yet to request for the sacking of exco Rodziah Ismail from PKR because she was not in the country.

“I have written to the Palace, earlier in the evening, asking for all DAP and PKR exco members to be sacked,” he told reporters after a meeting with PAS exco members on Tuesday to discuss how to run the state with just four of them.

The two PKR exco members are Dr Daroyah Alwi and Elizabeth Wong while DAP representatives are Datuk Teng Chang Khim, V. Ganabatirau and Ean Yong.

It is learnt that Khalid made the decision after a joint press statement by PKR and DAP, saying that their members were unhappy with Khalid’s refusal to step down.

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The bet is now on for who will fill these empty Excos, to ensure that the Selangor State Government remain effective and able to administer and manage the richest state with the largest economy and most local authorities.

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DAP and PKR is badmouthing MB Selangor Khalid for sacking the Excos who belonged and supported the Anwar-induced rebellion.

NST story:

DAP, PKR lambast Khalid for sacking excos

BY ADRIAN LAI – 12 AUGUST 2014 @ 10:41 PM

PETALING JAYA: DAP and PKR today condemned embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim for sacking six state executive councillors from the two parties.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said he felt shocked upon hearing the news that all three excos from his party had been relieved of their duties.

“According to the letters given to them and three other excos from PKR, they were sacked for not agreeing to support Khalid to remain as menteri besar,” he told a packed press conference at PKR’s headquarters here.

Guan Eng said he felt that the sackings were not only unethical, but also a breach of the principles of democracy.

“The people (of Selangor) were the ones who voted in Pakatan and Khalid was made MB because he had the support of all three Pakatan member parties. He did not become MB because his name is Khalid; he became MB because he represents Pakatan,” he said tersely.

Guan Eng also urged Pas’ four remaining excos to not attend the weekly exco meeting tomorrow.

“As a show of solidarity in the Pakatan alliance, I call on the Pas top leadership to tell its excos in Selangor not to attend the meeting,” he said adding that he had notified Pas secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali of his request.

Also present during the press conference were PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

When asked about the possibility of Pakatan assemblymen defecting to Khalid’s side, Anwar said: “I am absolutely confident that will not happen”.

Meanwhile, one of the sacked excos Datuk Teng Chang Khim from DAP said the termination letters were both unlawful and defective.

“The letter stated that Khalid had received the consent of the sultan of Selangor to terminate our services. However, Khalid was at the State Secretary building all day and he could not have sought an audience with the Sultan,” he said.

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One can never trust thieves. There is no honour amongst this lot.

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The Chief strikes back, Pt IV

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is his capacity as MB Selangor, ADUN Pelabuhan Utara, MP Bandar Tun Razak, former CEO of PNB and a holder PSM is taking The Malaysian Insider and Jahabir Sadiq to court.

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This is not the first time The Malaysian Insider and/or Jahabar Sadiq are being sued. Two years ago, Former Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli sued TMI, Jahabar and another writer for RM200 million for slander and false reporting.

Former Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli looking at Malaysian Insider's ad in NST and Berita Harian today

Former Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli looking at Malaysian Insider’s ad in NST and Berita Harian today

However, this is most prolific.

Probably Tong Kooi Ong, who is behind The Edge Media Group which acquired The Malaysian Insider recently and a renown Anwarista could provide the legal assistance for TMI and/or Jabahar.

Published in: on August 11, 2014 at 17:30  Comments (3)  

The Chief strikes back, Pt II

More legal letters are issued by Messrs Bon and Associates, in the chronic case of sacking of MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from PKR as a member which the party Central Leadership Council unanimously decided yesterday. This time, it is to PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

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Note that the same letter was also addressed to PKR Disciplinary Chairman Dato’ Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

PKR supposedly stands for ‘KeAdilan’, which was born from the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998 and an UMNO member a day later, a decision made by UMNO Supreme Council. How different is that from what MPP PKR did to Khalid yesterday?

It is an obvious travesty against the concept ‘KeAdilan’ (Justice) which PKR was formed and the basis of its struggle. At least, Anwar Ibrahim was present and allowed to make his case when MT UMNO met on 3 September 1998 before they decided to sack him.

PKR members should question this sordid unproductive and now turning into a counter productive political drama, which include the attempt to install the totally inexperienced and leadership amateur Wan Azizah as MB Selangor, part of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim delusional scheme of politicking to assume the helm at Putrajaya by next GE.

This ‘Kajang Move’ comes with the expectation that Wan Azizah is supposed to administer and manage the most wealthiest and populous state and largest economy in the nation. Never mind the fact that Wan Azizah personally admitted that she doesn’t mind to be a ‘puppet’.

NST story on 5 August 2014:

Wan Azizah: I don’t mind being called a puppet

5 AUGUST 2014 @ 8:07 AM

SHAH ALAM: PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she does not mind being called a ‘puppet’ if the move to install her as the Selangor menteri besar is suc cessful.

She said that should she become MB, she would appoint her husband, de facto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as her consultant and adviser.

Addressing party members at an event in Klang last night, Wan Azizah said the only reason she was roped in to become the MB was because Anwar had his opportunity ‘snatched away’ from him.

“We strategised the Kajang Move to make Anwar an assemblyman and later, the menteri besar but this was thwarted by the Barisan Nasional-led Federal government.

“As the Selangor MB post was always for Anwar in the first place, I would not hesitate to call on him as my consultant and advisor when I become the MB.”

She claimed that Anwar has the necessary experience to advise her as he was once appointed by Qatar as its economic advisor.

Wan Azizah also took a swipe at under-fire MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, saying that he should realise that he is no longer involved in the corporate sector.

She said she and Khalid had not met since her candidacy was announced.

Meanwhile, PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, who was also present, said there was still a chance for Abdul Khalid to remain as MB if he met with the party leadership and committee to explain the accusations against him by the party’s secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

“We have little tolerance to allegations pertaining to integrity as we have always promised the people that we would be different and stand by our principles,” he said.

In a meeting on Sunday, the PKR leadership had discussed the sacking of Khalid from his party membership if he still refused to vacate his state post following the party’s re quest.

Rafizi said those who want Khalid to step down would not mind resorting to snap polls in order to make Wan Azizah the MB.

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Supporters of the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellow and rakyat of Selangor must watch this development very closely.

*Updated midnight

Watch how Opposition Leader trying to justify the saclking of Khalid as MB Selangor

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The Chief strikes back

MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim responded to the PKR Disciplinary Board Chairman Dato’ Dr Tan Kee Kwong’s letter, with a letter from his lawyer Edmund Bon.

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Mr New Sin Yew of Bon Associates questions the PKR Disciplinary Board on which provisions and part of any article within the party constitution that Khalid as a member has violated and the complain against him is based on.

As the plot thickens, the MB-ship impasse gets more chronic.

*Updated 830pm

MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid has been sacked from PKR. The PKR Central Leadership Council unanimously made the decision earlier this evening.

The Star story:

Published: Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 5:57:00 PM
Updated: Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 8:26:35 PM

Khalid Ibrahim expelled from PKR

BY AKIL YUNUS
PETALING JAYA: PKR has expelled Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from the party after his continued refusal to relinquish his Selangor Mentri Besar post.

The decision comes after The Selangor Mentri Besar refused to turn up to face a disciplinary hearing, following an order to do so latest by noon Saturday from PKR disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

Dr Tan told a packed news conference that the party’s central leadership, which had convened earlier to discuss Khalid’s fate, unanimously decided that the MB was expelled effective immediately for what was considered “open defiance” to party orders.

He said Khalid had failed to adhere to the decision made by the central leadership on July 21 that he should relinquish his MB post to make way for party president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to take over.

“Having taken into consideration Khalid’s reply to the show-cause letter issued to him, we feel that he is no longer abiding by party decisions and as such, can no longer be part of the party.

“Khalid had defied decisions by the Pakatan Rakyat presidential council on several state issues and failed to provide timely explanations to these issues,” Dr Tan said.

Issues included the discussion on the Langat 2 project, which Pakatan leaders wanted to delay, the restructuring of the state’s water industry and the construction of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).

The party said that Khalid had also failed to explain a RM67mil Bank Islam debt that was settled out of court.

However, Dr Tan said Khalid had 14 days to appeal the decision.

“If he chooses to appeal, then a separate committee will be formed to look into the matter,” he said.

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Tan Sri Khalid twitted that he was not given a fair chance of the explanation on his violation of party’s constitution and the charge against him is defective.  He also added PKR’s top leadership to remove him as party member as an attempt from his post as MB Selangor is unlawful.

Khalid Ibrahim's tweets of the latest chronic conundrum of PKR Top Leadership to boot him out as MB Selangor, pg1

Khalid Ibrahim’s tweets of the latest chronic conundrum of PKR Top Leadership to boot him out as MB Selangor, pg1

He also said that he is answerable to HRH Sultan of Selangor and would sought an audience with HRH and listen to his views on the current MBship impasse, which currently is a political plague in Selangor.

Khalid Ibrahim's tweets of the latest chronic conundrum of PKR Top Leadership to boot him out as MB Selangor, pg2

Khalid Ibrahim’s tweets of the latest chronic conundrum of PKR Top Leadership to boot him out as MB Selangor, pg2

Khalid would legally remain as MB Selangor till he is dismissed by HRH Sultan of Selangor or the majority of the ADUNs in the Selangor State Assembly voted for no confidence on him.

PAS as a party is going with leaders’ (Party President Dato Hj Hadi Awang and Ulama’ Council Head Dato’ Nik Aziz Nik Mat) stance to support Khalid as MB Selangor, which means there are 15 ADUNs with him. On the other hand, DAP which has 15 ADUNs in Selangor State Assembly wanted him out. It is unsure how many of the 14 PKR ADUNs are willing to be with Khalid, for him to continue.

Unless this impasse has been solved through proper legal means, Khalid vowed to continue his job and serve the rakyat of Selangor.

Published in: on August 9, 2014 at 15:15  Comments (5)  

Animal Farm

Cover of George Orwell’s dark political satire, published in 1945

The coalition government of unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows based on the falsehood of struggle against “BN’s continuous practices of corruption and  oppression against rights” and win the richest state in Federation of Malaysia at 12GE on 8 March 2008, has now engulfed in similar charge by their own.

Former strategist to PKR VP Tian Chua and Harvard Alumnus Nat Tan penned his thoughts in pro-Opposition portal Malaysiakini:

August 7, 2014

Has Pakatan become corrupt as well?

NATHANIEL TAN

Has Pakatan Rakyat become corrupt? This is an extremely loaded question.

Massive currents in Malaysia united behind Pakatan as the 2008 general election approached, to fight for change, to kick out the corruption and cronyism that has poisoned Malaysia for decades.

Now, we are at a point where we need to ask: have we been fighting to replace one corrupt party with another?

Is this an Orwellian scenario where the people who say they are fighting to replace tyrants start bearing a disturbing resemblance to those very same tyrants?

It is never right to jump to conclusions. This article attempts to apply an objective test in search of answers, and readers will have to judge for themselves the degree of its objectivity and applicability.

I will weigh two possibilities: firstly, that Anwar Ibrahim and all thosepushing for a new menteri besar in Selangor are doing so for positive reasons; secondly, that Anwar and his supporters want to replace a menteri besar who refuses to pander to vested corporate interests with one who will.

To determine which of these is true, I propose the following test (the details of which will be elaborated on in the rest of the article).

If Anwar and all his supporters can commit in written, legally binding form, that any new menteri besar they install will keep to the following two promises, then I believe it plausible that the first possibility is correct.

If they cannot, this strongly suggests that the second possibility is more accurate.

Promise Number 1: Not to approve the transfer of ownership of 308.72 acres of land near Kota Kemuning from Tropicana Corporation Bhd to Eco World Development Sdn Bhd, or allow any development by any of these two companies on the total 1,172 acres of land, until Tropicana pays the state government no less than RM844.2 million – this being the Selangor people’s rightful share of the profits from this transaction and development.

Promise number 2: That water concessionaire Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash) will not be paid one sen over the RM250 million currently offered by the Selangor government.

Tropicana Corporation

I first wrote about land deals a few weeks ago. I noted my surprise to find the issue being used by those in the anti-Khalid Ibrahim camp, given how they are likely the real root of the problem.

As of Monday, PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution himself – the man challenging Khalid for the deputy presidency of PKR – has been leading the charge, blatantly accusing Khalid of corruption with regard to this deal.

I cannot imagine any other politician being as quiet as Khalid while being the epicentre of this crisis.

As always, people mistake this silence for an invitation to attack him with impunity, even to the point of thinking that controversies that reflect badly on themselves can be contorted to reflect badly on Khalid. The gall and the hypocrisy is mind boggling.

Tropicana (formerly known as Dijaya Corporation Bhd, is owned by Danny Tan, brother of Vincent Tan), basically entered into what was essentially a joint venture with the Selangor government to develop some 1,172 acres of land near Kota Kemuning.

This was to be a long-term development and venture, and the agreement was that Tropicana would pay RM1.297 billion to the state over 20 years.

Tropicana then reneges on the spirit of this agreement, and sells 308.72 acres of this land to Eco World, for RM470.67 million to make a very quick, very large profit of some RM170 million.

When Khalid found out about this, he immediately objected to what he saw as a fundamental departure from the spirit of the joint venture, which originally emphasised joint, long-term development, instead of making a quick buck.

No land transfer if no immediate payment

Khalid insisted that since Tropicana is more interested in short-term profiteering rather than long-term joint development, it should pay the state RM844.2 million immediately, instead of RM 1.297 billion over 20 years.

Should Tropicana fail to do so, the state government will not approve the transfer of ownership from Tropicana to Eco World, as well as block any attempt by either Tropicana or Eco World to develop any part of the entire 1,172 acres of land.

However, Tropicana insists that according to the letter of the agreement, they are completely within their rights to have sold the piece of land to Eco World, and that there is no element of impropriety.

In what may be an acknowledgement of having been blind-sided, Khalid does not seem to contest this directly, but believes that if Tropicana feels that it can do this, then the state is owed their money upfront as well.

For some reason, some in PKR and DAP seem to feel an obligation to represent Tropicana’s interests in this matter, and the concern is that should PKR get its way with regards to a new menteri besar, both Tropicana and Eco World will suddenly find themselves with no barrier to transfering and developing the lands in question.

The DAP itself may not want to rock the boat in relation to its own dealings with the Tan brothers up in Penang, namely in the projects of GDV Bayan Mutiara Penang World City, IKEA Batu Kawan and the Penang Turf Club.

If Anwar has the numbers, then by all means, revoke Khalid’s membership in PKR and remove him via a vote of no confidence in the state assembly. Most likely, that will result in fresh state-wide elections.

Crisis has weakened confidence in Pakatan

If Pakatan wins bigger (a near impossibility, by my reckoning), Anwaristas will say the people have rejected Khalid; if Pakatan loses ground, Anwaristas will say it was Khalid’s fault.

In any case, it is clear that the crisis has weakened confidence in Pakatan, possibly fatally, and we can all have our own opinion regarding who manufactured the crisis in the first place.

There will always be sound and fury on one side, hiding all manner of corruption, and simple facts and figures on another. Those who do not have good answers to pressing questions have a tendency to attack the questioner. Be that as it may, the questions remain.

The biggest question of all is the one mentioned at the beginning of the article: has Pakatan become corrupt?

If there are facts and figures to prove that their integrity remains intact despite the information above, then by all means, please share them for the public good.

Better yet, let us all call for Anwar and his supporters to commit to these two promises, which will potentially resolve the controversy conclusively.

I know that a lot of us have become emotionally invested in the Pakatan dream. I also know that many of us hate to give in to cynicism – the one thing that will sink our country faster than anything else.

I will always advocate hope above cynicism, but at no point should our hope and dreams blind us to the truth before our eyes. We must always face that truth boldly, and make the best of it.

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Mr Tan’s frustration is morbidly growing within members and supporters of the Opposition. Particularly within PKR despite so many former leaders have abandoned the party of false struggle for ‘Justice’ through the past 16 years which snowballed from the sacking of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim as Deputy Prime Minister on 2 September 1998 and from UMNO a day later.

George Orwell’s prophecy of pigs which advocated the revolution within the farm for the false maxim of ‘equality’, eventually manipulated themselves slyly to assume the leadership and later started to oppress, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.

These pigs, as portrayed by Orwell, abuse and oppress the moment they are settled on the position of power and pedestal standing despite their initial battle cry of ‘socialism’ and ‘justice’.

In the current state of affairs, these pigs are fundamentally against each other.

Pigs are pigs, in any which way they try to guise themselves. It is amazing how many who believed that they are of superior intellectual and moral standing and values, are sucked of getting their faces deep in the troff and then drawn into wallowing in the mud.

Published in: on August 9, 2014 at 09:30  Comments (3)  

The party of peoples’ justice

Showcause 5 August 2014

Showcause letter to MB Selangor dated 5 August 2014

Showcause letter 2014 (pg 2)

Showcause letter 5 August 2014 (pg 2)

This is the show-cause letter issued to Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim by PKR party HQ, signed by PKR Disciplinary Board Chairman Tan Kee Kwong. He has till Friday 8 Aug 2014 to answer.

This is continuous political drama by Anwar Ibrahim and his band of bandits since taking over Selangor State Government 8 March 2008 has been over bearing and clearly this will clearly affect the Selangor State Government administration.

It obvious Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership and moulding of PKR has never been about the people but only for his greed for power.

The abuse-of-power-convict engineered himself for the MB Selangor job with the excuse of “Precursor to coming to Putrajaya” with the resignation of ADUN Kajang Lee Chin Cheh on 27 January 2014.  The game was spoilt when Court of Appeal overturned Kuala Lumpur High Court of acquittal two years earlier for the charge of sodomising former aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhary Azlan.

The conveniently he slotted own wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as PKR President and she won in DUN 25 Kajang by-election. There on the ‘Kajang Move’ designed by PKR Strategic Director and staunch Anwarista Rafizi Ramli had propped her up as the “Upcoming MB Selangor, replacing Khalid”.

Today, Wan Azizah admitted that she is and all the while had been a puppet. Now she is ready to the ‘MB-Puppet’.

NST story:

Wan Azizah: I don’t mind being called a puppet

5 AUGUST 2014 @ 8:07 AM

SHAH ALAM: PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she does not mind being called a ‘puppet’ if the move to install her as the Selangor menteri besar is suc cessful.

She said that should she become MB, she would appoint her husband, de facto opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as her consultant and adviser.

Addressing party members at an event in Klang last night, Wan Azizah said the only reason she was roped in to become the MB was because Anwar had his opportunity ‘snatched away’ from him.

“We strategised the Kajang Move to make Anwar an assemblyman and later, the menteri besar but this was thwarted by the Barisan Nasional-led Federal government.

“As the Selangor MB post was always for Anwar in the first place, I would not hesitate to call on him as my consultant and advisor when I become the MB.”

She claimed that Anwar has the necessary experience to advise her as he was once appointed by Qatar as its economic advisor.

Wan Azizah also took a swipe at under-fire MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, saying that he should realise that he is no longer involved in the corporate sector.

She said she and Khalid had not met since her candidacy was announced.

Meanwhile, PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, who was also present, said there was still a chance for Abdul Khalid to remain as MB if he met with the party leadership and committee to explain the accusations against him by the party’s secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

“We have little tolerance to allegations pertaining to integrity as we have always promised the people that we would be different and stand by our principles,” he said.

In a meeting on Sunday, the PKR leadership had discussed the sacking of Khalid from his party membership if he still refused to vacate his state post following the party’s re quest.

Rafizi said those who want Khalid to step down would not mind resorting to snap polls in order to make Wan Azizah the MB.

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Going for a pre-mature State Elections for Selangor isn’t an opinion agreeable with DAP. DAP Strategist Tony Pua, who is Chinese Chauvinist MP for Petaling Jaya Utara felt that a snap poll would not be favourable to PKR-DAP-PAS.

The Malay Mail online story:

Pakatan likely to lose Selangor if snap polls held, Pua warns

JULY 31, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — If PAS stays bent on protecting Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, snap elections in Selangor would be inevitable and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is likely to lose its grip on the country’s richest state, DAP’s Tony Pua warned today.

In such a scenario, the Selangor federal lawmaker said, PAS would emerge the biggest loser of all three PR parties.

Pua said should PAS’s non-Malay vote decline by 30 per cent and the Malay vote by just five per cent, the Islamist party, which now holds 15 seats in the 56-seat assembly, would find itself completely wiped out from Selangor.

“PAS’s insistence to support Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will inevitably lead to a snap election which will only cause PAS to lose most, if not all of their hard-won seats, and in all likelihood hand Selangor back to Umno on a silver platter.

“We hope that our comrades in PAS will be able to fully come on board the spirit of the coalition, for us to jointly deliver our Pakatan principles and promises to the rakyat of Selangor and prevent the aspirations of the people from being snuffed out before it has a chance of being realised,” he said in a statement here.

PAS has been locked in a public standoff with its PR allies PKR and DAP over the bid to remove Khalid as mentri besar, with several top party leaders insisting that the second-term mentri besar has done no wrong and should be allowed to finish out his term.

Umno has since indicated that it may take PAS’s side in the imbroglio, which means that should Khalid’s detractors choose to move a no-confidence motion in the state assembly, the House would be split down the middle with no clear majorities.

“Under such circumstances, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will likely have his request to hold snap elections in Selangor consented by the Selangor Sultan,” Pua said.

In a state-wide election, the Petaling Jaya Utara MP calculated that all three PR parties would incur significant losses although PAS was likely suffer the worst.

He pointed out that MB crisis has already resulted in a “massive loss of confidence” for PR in Selangor.

“As evidenced by various independent surveys and our own feedback on the ground, our voters and supporters are dismayed and even outraged by our inability to be decisive in this issue,” he said.

He pointed out that should both PKR and DAP suffer a three and 10 per cent drop in Malay and non-Malay votes respectively, the parties will suffer a combined loss of seven seats out of 30 contested, leaving PKR and DAP with only 10 and 13 seats respectively.

“However, even in the most optimistic scenario where there is inconceivably no drop in Malay support for PAS, coupled with only a 15 per cent drop in non-Malay support, the party will lose seven of the 15 seats won in the last General Election.

“Should non-Malay vote drop 25 per cent which is more than likely — given the controversies involving PAS preceding the election, then PAS will also lose Taman Templer, Hulu Kelang, Lembah Jaya, Seri Serdang and Paya Jaras, leaving them with only three seats in the state assembly,” he warned.

He said PAS will be “completely wiped” out in Selangor if Malay votes decline by a mere five per cent while non-Malay votes drop by 30 per cent.

“As anyone can see from the above scenarios, it will be very unlikely for Pakatan Rakyat — if the coalition still exists in the snap election — to retain power in the state.

“The biggest winner will be UMNO, returning with up to 30 seats in the State Assembly,” he said.

Collectively, PR’s three member parties control the majority of the House with 44 seats — 15 each for DAP and PAS, and 14 for PKR.

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pakatan-likely-to-lose-selangor-if-snap-polls-held-pua-warns#sthash.WphnwmPC.dpuf

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All these politicking would just cause the lives of 6 million people who reside in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to be seriously affected. Especially when strategic and infrastructure issues such as water, waste disposal, sewerage and water reticulation, affordable housing, public transportation and the logistic and supply of food items are affected when the State Administration is in Limbo and the MB Selangor has been attacked internally.

By far, the net end losers are the populous Selangor and indirectly in Kuala Lumpur. So much for the falsehood of  a party with the name ‘Justice for the People’.

*Updated 2300hrs

Published in: on August 5, 2014 at 19:00  Comments (9)  

Scuttling the sinking ship

In the wake of chronic political conundrum which resulted of the domino effect  from the pre-emptive exercise to prop Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim as Menteri Besar Selangor days before Court of Appeal decided on the acquittal ruling of Sodomy II case

Former strategist for Batu MP Tian Chua and Harvard Alumnus Nathaniel Tan wrote in Malaysiakini:

11:00AM Jul 31, 2014

PKR’s obsession tearing Pakatan dream apart

 

What is the top priority of Anwar Ibrahim and PKR?

Is it to keep nurturing Pakatan Rakyat as a strong coalition that presents a united front in replacing Barisan Nasional in GE14, or is it to install Anwar’s wife as menteri besar of Selangor, at any and all costs?

The question seems to be a pertinent one as we look at the unfolding crisis in Selangor, and the options available to PKR.

The first option is to leave things as status quo, which results in stability all around (except of course for those desperate to make Selangor their personal piggy bank).

The other option is for Anwar and PKR to continue with their efforts to forcibly replace Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the head of the Selangor government.

Let us examine the consequences of this course of action. We will begin with a brief recap of the latest developments.

PKR in Pakatan like Umno in BN?

First, PKR announces that internally, it has decided to replace Khalid with Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also PKR president.

A Pakatan meeting is held, attended by Anwar, Lim Guan Eng and Mohammed Sabu – all top ranking leaders of Pakatan, except for Mat Sabu, who is only second in command in PAS.

Following the meeting, a statement is issued stating that Pakatan has ‘accepted’ the proposal for Wan Azizah to take over as Selangor menteri besar, and the leaders will take the matter back to their respective parties for discussion.

PAS number one Abdul Hadi Awang soon after releases a statement saying that PAS’ position is for Khalid to stay as menteri besar.

Saifuddin Nasution then releases a response saying that this should not be, because at the aforementioned meeting, a decision was already made in support of replacing Khalid with Wan Azizah, and that this was agreed to by the three parties.

This is very confusing. If the matter had already been decided, then what need was there for the three party leaders to go back to their respective parties for discussion, as stated in their original statement?

(There is also some confusion as to whether it is ethical or technically correct for Saifuddin (left) to currently be issuing anti-Khalid statements as secretary general of PKR while he runs for deputy president against Khalid. It is worth noting that voting results clearly demonstrate that more than a third of PKR members support Khalid versus Azmin Ali, with about half or Anwar’s man Saifuddin trailing a very distant third.)

Is Pakatan becoming like BN, where Umno calls the shots, and the other parties are mere rubber stamps?

(For those who like primary sources, both press statements can be compared in verbatim here).

Anwar driving a rift within PAS?

Now, the two most respected leaders in PAS, Hadi and Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, have come out publicly in support of Khalid remaining as menteri besar, the latter rightfully lamenting that this polemic should not have tainted the holy month of Ramadan.

Their voices are added to that of Iskandar Samad, the Selangor PAS commissioner, meaning all the most directly relevant PAS leaders speak with one voice on this issue.

It is clear that there are a number of second tier PAS leaders who support PKR in this matter, despite the clear signal given from both Hadi and Nik Aziz.

The question is, what will happen if PKR persists in its attempted coup?

Will the PAS Anwaristas try to force the matter within PAS, and declare open war against Hadi and Nik Aziz? Or perhaps attempt a coup of their own within PAS?

If they do, then this opens one more in a series of debilitating rifts: within PKR, within Pakatan, and now within PAS.

PAS’ discipline is its core strength

Any observer of Malaysian politics will note that PAS is possibly the only party in Malaysia that is built on genuine institutional strength.

Whether we agree with all of its principles, there is no doubt that PAS is more grounded in those principles than in individual leaders that come and go.

The same cannot be said of other parties, and nowhere is this more apparent than PKR’s intensely individual-centric feudal politics.

No one can deny the power of PAS’ party discipline. Any organiser of mass rallies in Malaysia knows that whether there is a massive turnout depends on whether the PAS leadership issues a directive for party members to show up or not.

This sense of discipline, unity of purpose, and fervent belief in maintaining the chain of command has always defined PAS.

PAS members take the long view in believing that no storm is so bad that it necessitates breaking discipline aboard the ship.

This means that while internal democracy and airing of views are never suppressed, the heart and soul of the party is faith in and adherence to its internal structures, processes and elected leaders. To lose that is to lose PAS, and every member understands this.

An open rebellion against this time tested system could have unimaginable costs, including losing even more ground where Pakatan needs it most – the rural heartland of Malaysia.

Guan Eng sulking like a spoilt child?

Soon after Hadi’s announcement, Lim Guan Eng essentially threatened the break-up of Pakatan Rakyat because of the Selangor menteri besar issue.

I cannot say I am entirely surprised, but I did not expect Lim to play the big card so quickly.

This can only mean that all this while, the single biggest decision maker in DAP has long prioritised DAP’s own power base over the overarching goal of maintaining a united front to overthrow BN.

I suppose with megaprojects like the Penang undersea tunnel to keep DAP in the money for a long time to come, they can afford to pander to their hardline backers, with no concern over the larger picture of Malaysia’s future.

Despite the controversy over hudud, in which PAS eventually backed down, never once has PAS spoken openly of leaving the Pakatan family. It seems Lim is rather more practised at playing the spoilt child.

Both PKR and DAP would be complete fools to think that they can break BN’s hegemony by themselves. No one knows this better than they themselves.

Their actions then point to an increasingly simple conclusion: that they would rather fight like warlords over the scraps they currently control, than actually keep to earlier promises of putting their differences aside to concentrate on the changes we all know Malaysia so desperately needs.

Nothing but a sham marriage of convenience?

How shameful for so many of us who cried ‘No!’ when people accused Pakatan of being nothing but a sham marriage of convenience. When push came to shove, it looks like they were right and we were wrong.

Despite Anwar now scrambling to do damage control, and playing good cop to Guan Eng’s bad cop, his and PKR’s obsession with power, money, and water payouts fundamentally still eclipses any understanding that voters – especially those in the pivotal middle ground – are beginning to see Pakatan cohesion as a joke.

The way things are clearly going, there will be no doubt any more that a vote for Pakatan will come to mean a vote for instability. After all, who could trust a party that fought so pettily and cannot agree on the most fundamental questions of choosing chief executives?

The first failed experiment in opposition unity was Barisan Alternatif, which lasted six years. Six years after the formation of Pakatan, it seems history is repeating itself.

I strongly doubt Malaysians will ever place any faith again in this particular experiment, should it fall apart again, as it inevitably will if Anwar and PKR stay their course.

When that happens, any project to take Malaysia back from BN would then once again be set back by decades – all because the man who failed his bid to become Prime Minister of Malaysia insists that his wife becomes the menteri besar of Selangor.
NATHANIEL TAN wishes everyone, including Anwar and all his supporters, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf zahir dan batin.
– See more at: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/270214#sthash.WbbyP6lz.dpuf

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It is obvious wishful or more likely, wet dreamers amongst Opposition supporters who dream for the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows to take control of Federal Government aka Putrajaya is going through a process of horrid daytime nightmare.

Hence, they started to look for plausible options to salvage what ever they thought theoretically could be done.

Sin Chew Jit Poh story:

What other options does Pakatan have?

Opinion 2014-08-01 15:08
By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by DOMINIC LOH
Sin Chew Daily

The Selangor MB crisis has now moved into a stalemate with the following possible eventualities in near future:

1. Anwar gives in, and Khalid Ibrahim continues to become the MB: The impending crisis is temporarily solved, but Anwar’s Kajang plan fails completely. Everything is back to square one. However, the damage on PKR has been done, internally and externally.

Where internal damage is concerned, the three factions within PKR–the Anwar faction (his family and close aides), the Azmin faction and the Khalid faction–will no longer be able to get along properly. The Anwar faction will take control of central leadership, but Azmin gains foothold among the grassroots as Khalid’s faction remains firmly in power in Selangor.

Externally, PKR’s image and reputation will suffer yet another blow thanks to this squabble, its support rate fast dropping.

As the supreme leader of Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar and his leadership capacity will once again come under public scrutiny.

2. Hadi Awang gives in, and Khalid bows out, Kak Wan taking his place (but then she still needs to get the nod from the Sultan).

The consequences: Pakatan is saved from disintegration, the Plan B (Kak Wan in the place of Anwar) of Kajang plan works. Anwar has had his purpose fulfilled (whatever that is).

Power shift takes place within PKR. Khalid is out of the picture, leaving Anwar and Azmin’s people now counteracting each other.

As for PAS, the erdogans (typified by Mat Sabu) who support Anwar Ibrahim have scored some points in this battle, and PAS will remain very much in the embrace of the opposition pact.

Party president Hadi Awang and the clerics suffer thumping defeat, calls for PAS-Umno cooperation dying down.

3. Anwar and Hadi are mutually non-compromising, and the choice of MB now goes to the state assembly. Pakatan is on the verge of disintegration. Due to absence of consensus, PKR will have to table a no-confidence motion against Khalid Ibrahim. The votes in the hands of PKR and DAP reps, along with the combined votes of PAS and Umno reps, will determine whether the motion will eventually be passed.

The influences: Once the motion goes into voting, competition is expected to be very intense. Whether Khalid is eventually unseated, the relationship between PAS and Pakatan Rakyat will invariably be bruised

If the motion fails, Khalid will retains his MB office. He will then form a new state administration anchored by his own people. Because of PAS, this will also spell the collapse of the Pakatan state government.

If the motion is passed, Khalid will have to step down from office whether he likes it or not. But whether Kak Wan will get to become the new MB with the consent of the Sultan remains a major challenge.

4. Khalid will seek the Sultan’s consent to dissolve the state assembly to pave way for fresh elections. The election outcome: There is no way for the three parties within Pakatan Rakyat to remain in a coalition. PAS will contest on its own, or perhaps work with Umno to confront PKR-DAP.

Of the 56 state constituencies in Selangor, about 40 are Malay-majority. Any party or coalition that wins the favor of the Malays will take Selangor.

If PAS goes with Umno, chances for them to win in these Malay constituencies are very high. But, BN’s other component parties might not be happy with Umno. Neither will non-Malay voters.

If PAS were to run on its own, it can decide which camp to join after the elections. Of course, this will have to depend on how many seats it has won.

Whatever it is, it has become a sure thing that domestic politics will be reshuffled. Pakatan Rakyat will no longer be a three-party pact as only PKR and DAP will still be in the play. If PAS chooses to align with Umno, the erdogans within the party might flee en masse.

On the contrary, if the party chooses to play lone ranger, its future influences will very likely be confined to only the northern states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis.

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The sacking of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as MB Selangor and appointing former0abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim’s wife and puppet PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail instead is reported by Malaysiakini:

11:56AM Aug 4, 2014

SACKING OF KHALID DISCUSSED AT PKR MEETING

Abdul Khalid Ibrahim may be sacked as a PKR member if he continues to cling on to his Selangor menteri besar post, a party insider said today.
The possible sacking of Khalid from the party was discussed at the PKR political bureau meeting at its headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, last night, the source said.

“Although we see this as one of the ways to make Khalid vacate the post, it will look bad on the party,” the source told Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity.

However when asked about this today, party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail told Malaysiakini there was no mention of the word “sacking” in the meeting’s minutes.

Khalid’s defiance to the request by PKR to vacate the post of menteri besar has irked PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who appears to be in a quandary now.

This is especially so with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and the Islamic party’s spiritual adviser Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat expressing their support for Khalid to stay in his post.

The position taken by the PAS leadership has also opened the possibility of a split in Pakatan, although Anwar has dismissed this, saying there was no indication of this and that all the member parties were committed to the coalition’s spirit of cooperation.

Just before the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration, Anwar announced that his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be new Selangor menteri besar, but this was not taken well by some factions within the party, even though no one defended Khalid to stay on.

The July 19 announcement came after an intense and heated meeting of the PKR leadership, including MPs and state assemblypersons from all over the country.

The source said last night’s meeting, which ended at midnight, also discussed putting up an alternative name for Khalid’s replacement.

Azmin’s name too comes in

The party, he said, would, besides Wan Azizah, propose another name as well for the post to the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council.

Gombak parliamentarian Azmin Ali, who is leading the race for the post of PKR deputy president, would be the other person the party would propose to its allies – DAP and PAS – so that the two parties can come to a decision on the matter in their respective central committee meetings on Aug 10.

The source said PAS would most likely accept Azmin, as the party has shown resistance toward putting up Wan Azizah as the head of the Sela gor government.

He said DAP leaders had no problem with either Wan Azizah or Azmin, as long as Khalid was replaced.

The source said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s latest statement that all parties must first decide if they can accept a woman to be menteri besar showed the party was open to another candidate.

“The decision to name Azmin as an alternative is based on the fact that his name was proposed by seven people at the last special meeting PKR held at its headquarters before Hari Raya,” the source said.

“One of the leaders who proposed Azmin’s name is Penang PKR chief Mansor Othman, who is closest to Anwar in the northern region,” the source added.

He said the party may not have a choice but to propose two names, in order to appease the various factions in DAP, PKR and PAS that supports Azmin.

He added that these factions feel Azmin would be best to replace Khalid due to his loyalty to the party since 1998 – during the reformasi days – and due to his support from PKR grassroots especially in Selangor, considering his performance at the party’s internal polls.

Azmin has remained in the lead for the deputy president post against Khalid and Saifuddin.

This group feels that Selangor needs an MB who can come out strongly against arch rival Umno, and that Azmin is the best person to do so as he has led Pakatan Rakyat to victory in the 2008 and 2013 general polls.

Azmin himself has been very quiet about the whole Selangor MB fiasco and has declined requests for interviews with the press.

However, it is learnt that Azmin, since he returned from a 10-day pilgrimage to Mecca, has held serious and private discussions with Anwar, DAP and PAS leaders to find a solution to the Selangor problem.

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Anwar Ibrahim’s minions within PKR is out to politically assassinate Khalid, left, right and centre.

Besides challenging Anwar Ibrahim’s minions like PKR Secretary General Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to make a report to MACC on the “Unexplained RM66 million arisen from settling debts with Bank Islam”, MB Khalid still has a last minute option.

Take Anwar Ibrahim and his minions like Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to court. This include PKR as the party.

Thats is the only language that Anwar Ibrahim understand. Challenge him in his own game and get to prove against his current political nemesis and his minions’ stories. Stretch the fight all the way.

After all, Khalid has many times proven that he is no push over.

That might actually scuttle a sinking ship in the current storm. However that is the right thing to do, against all of Anwar Ibrahim;s falsehood, being extended and spun till this very chronic political junction.

PKR common members have rights too. Rights to choose. Rights to be free from being hoodwinked. The right to disentangle themselves from a really chronic conundrum of one lie being compounded and infused after another.

Published in: on August 5, 2014 at 01:00  Comments (8)  
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