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.




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

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.


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.

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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?


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.


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)