SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has indicated his willingness to “work with anyone” for the benefit of the state.
“If it benefits the people, I will work with anyone. I will work with the Japanese; the Koreans. I will work with BN (Barisan Nasional),” he said in reference to the supposed displeasure of some PKR, DAP and PAS members over his collaboration with the Federal Government on the restructuring of Selangor’s water industry.
Sources claimed that this was one of the reasons why many of the state Pakatan Rakyat-elected representatives had wanted his removal as the state’s top executive.
Asked whether his position was discussed in the PKR meetings, Khalid said many other things had also been discussed.
“We discussed about everything. We also discussed whether Anwar (PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) is to be life president,” Khalid said at a press conference yesterday.
He also stressed that criticisms of him would only spur him to work harder.
“I want to prove that I can work,” he added.
He also rubbished Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei’s allegation that the Mentri Besar had gone back on his word to quit after the Kajang by-election on March 23, which was won by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Khalid described such allegations as dishonourable.
When contacted, PKR’s Kapar MP G. Manivannan said the party would be issuing a statement on the position of the Selangor Mentri Besar soon.
He, however, declined to comment when asked whether PKR leaders had reached a consensus on the matter.
PKR’s Kota Anggerik assemblyman Dr Yaakob Sapari said Khalid was a good administrator but needed improvement in his political approach.
Political analyst Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhamad said most of the grouses from the Pakatan front in Selangor revolved around Khalid’s liberal stance towards Barisan.
“This is against Pakatan’s philosophy of being against Barisan in the political arena,” he said.