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Published: Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 11:11:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 10, 2014 MYT 9:14:57 AM

Selangor MB post not important to me, the party is, says Wan Azizah

SHAH ALAM: The title of Selangor Mentri Besar is not important to Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic), but she will take the role for the betterment of the state.

"The title of Selangor Mentri Besar is not important to me. I am not interested in power or the position. I only want the best for the party," said the party president after Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was expelled from PKR on Saturday.

"The well-being of the rakyat is our priority. We are looking for the best solution for the state," she said at a ceramah to discuss the Selangor MB issue held at Dewan Teratai here.

Wan Azizah emotionally recalled when her husband PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was arrested in 1988, and sacked from his deputy prime minister position, and how she had "many sleepless nights" when he was in prison.

"When Anwar was released from prison, we did not have any position in politics but had a vision that we worked towards," said Wan Azizah.

"We are currently going through a change. I am now reborn and fully dedicated to PKR," she said, adding that she was ready to take the party to new heights.

"We want change but I need the public's support. We need to work as a team," she said.

Wan Azizah also dismissed accusations of nepotism and said that she stands on her own will and only has the state and party's best interests in mind.

PKR expelled Khalid from the party on Saturday after his continued refusal to relinquish his mentri besar post.

The decision comes after Khalid refused to turn up to face a disciplinary hearing, after being ordered to do so by PKR disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Tan Kee Kwong latest by noon Saturday.

Tan said that the party's central leadership made the decision as 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 Wan Azizah.

Khalid has 14 days to appeal the decision.

Khalid, meanwhile, has grudgingly acknowledged the decision to expel him from PKR, even though he feels it was "flawed and illegal".

Tags / Keywords: Politics, Selangor Mentri Besar, PKR, Khalid Ibrahim, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

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