KUALA LUMPUR: PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the possible move to replace Selangor MB Datuk Seri Khalid Ibrahim is merely an action to upgrade the standards of the state.
“This is not about his performance as an MB as Khalid has been doing great and had been able to resolve many of the issues faced by the state.
“We are just in need of enhancing the level of achievement of the state as it is our model state and the home of the Pakatan leadership,” he said, adding that Selangor has been and will continue to be a launchpad for the party.
With regard the PKR supremo contesting in Kajang, Anwar explained the decision is in no way a bad move.
“Politicians have their ups and downs and if we expect to be on top all the time it’s not going to take us anywhere.
“However, I understand that I owe an explanation to many people, including supporters of Pakatan, and I assure the people that I will soon explain my actions,” he said, adding that he will do so either in Kajang or his father’s home in Country Heights.
Anwar added that the by-election in Kajang this time would be carried out at minimal cost as the party has decided to recycle most of the material to be used.
“I will be reusing a lot of my posters and banners, and new ones will only be made to meet the requirements of the Election Commission,” he said.
On another note, Anwar said that the National Consensus is aimed at finding a middle ground to overcome issues affecting the people.
Presently, it is the racial tension, which has been growing among the people.
“It is of our utmost priority and hope for the ruling government to feel the same way as the situation may cause the people to feel threatened,” Anwar said.
“From our side, we are ready to meet to discuss the issue anytime as we are hoping to resolve it as soon as possible,” he said during a press conference at the Keadilan Headquarters Wednesday.
Also present was PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu who said that the party will stand by Anwar in the forthcoming by-election.
“I am the deputy president and I believe my words are sufficient for you to know that we (PAS) will not boycott the by-election,” he said.