PETALING JAYA: The hottest divisional fight in the coming PKR elections in April is set to be in Kuala Selangor.
The Kuala Selangor PKR division is bracing for a tussle between incumbent chief Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and former Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam.
It is a known fact that the Selangor MB and Manikavasagam do not see eye-to-eye since the latter exposed sand mining issues in the state several years ago.
Manikavasagam confirmed that he would challenge Khalid if the latter chose to defend his division chief’s post.
“I have nothing to lose. And I am going all out to challenge him,” said Manikavasagam, who contested and lost the Bukit Melawati state seat in the last general election.
Manikavasagam claimed that he was getting full support from Khalid’s rivals in Kuala Selangor including Youth information chief Mazli Saring and Muhammad Kamil Vaanan Abdullah.
Mazli and Kamil had lost to Khalid in a three-cornered fight for the post in 2010.
Manikavasagam said Khalid should be ashamed that some households in his hometown in Kampung Pasir Tuntung still did not have running water supply.
“And, so far, I have helped connect water supply to eight houses in Kampung Pasir Tuntung,” he said.
Manikavasagam said the village was located in the Bukit Malawati constituency where he was serving as a coordinator.
Manikavasagam also added that he had recruited 3,000 new members to join the Kuala Selangor PKR division, bringing the total number to 9,000.
“I also want to clarify that I did not transfer 3,000 members from Kapar division. The ones I recruited are all from the Kuala Selangor area,” said Manikavasagam, who is the incumbent Kapar PKR vice-chairman.
Manikavasagam said he had transferred his membership from Kapar to Kuala Selangor last month.
Sources close to Khalid welcomed Manikavasagam’s challenge, saying that he had the democratic right to contest whichever post he fancied.
Meanwhile, Khalid has bigger things to worry about, as he is being attacked from all corners following fears by certain quarters that he may challenge party deputy president Azmin Ali in the coming central party election.
Khalid sympathisers in the party believe that the PKNS (Selangor State Development Corporation) fiasco involving Azmin was cleverly orchestrated to discredit the former.
Azmin had been dropped as the PKNS board director, and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had demanded for his re-instatement.