KLANG: The possible leadership change in Selangor is expected to result in a reshuffle of the exco line-up with many senior incumbents being dropped.
A senior Pakatan Rakyat insider said one of the exco members who would probably be the first to be axed is Local Government, Study and Research committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim.
He said this was one of the factors why the DAP was backing PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over as Mentri Besar from Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim after the March 23 Kajang by-election.
“Teng does not get on well with the DAP leadership and all those linked to the party’s top echelon leaders. Efforts to dislodge him from the state as well as an elected representative has been futile. His grassroots’ support is very strong and unshakable although his party position is quite weak,” he said.
He said Khalid also respected and valued Teng for capability and intellectual compatibility with him.
He claimed that a whispering campaign of sorts had been initiated against Teng by certain groups who accused him of “underperforming”.
“But everyone knows Teng has achieved much in only a year. Most importantly, local council officers have grown to respect him for his ability,” he said.
He said Teng, together with a few others, had been perceived by some leaders as a potential threat to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Meanwhile, a PKR insider said should Anwar become Mentri Besar, he would appoint someone from his own party to take over Teng’s exco post.