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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Several options open to Khalid to stay on as MB

In discussion: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar talking to deputy president Azmin Ali after a meeting over Khalid's sacking. - Bernama

In discussion: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar talking to deputy president Azmin Ali after a meeting over Khalid's sacking. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim remains the Selangor Mentri Besar for the time being despite his sacking from PKR, but his expulsion from the party can lead to several possibilities, including a snap election for the state.

There is also a likelihood of him joining PAS, which has been supportive of him remaining as Mentri Besar with the support of Barisan Nasional assemblymen from Umno.

Lawyer Syahredzan Johan said political party affiliation did not have any bearing on the position of a Mentri Besar, as his post depended on support from the majority of state assembly members.

“The state’s civil service will also not be affected by Khalid’s sacking from PKR, but there will be uncertainty at the top level of administration,” said Syahredzan.

He said Khalid’s line-up of exco members included those from PKR, a party that had sacked him.

“So the question is, will exco members from PKR continue to follow his instructions?” he asked.

Syahredzan said with Khalid’s sacking, PKR would seek to establish that he had also lost support from the assembly, a vital requirement to remove him from office.

He said this could be done by calling for a no-confidence vote in the state assembly or produce sworn petitions by state assembly members that Khalid no longer had majority support.

“If this could be established that Khalid no longer had majority support, he could either resign or request the Sultan to dissolve the state assembly to pave the way for a state election,” added Syahredzan.

Syahredzan said Khalid could also seek to challenge his sacking in court and it would be up to the judge hearing the case to interpret the law, although the Societies Act has been amended so that a decision by a political party could not be challenged.

The amendment was made to the Act after Umno was declared illegal by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in 1988 following an internal dispute.

Edmund Bon, whose law firm represents Khalid, declined to confirm whether Khalid would challenge his removal in court.

“Wait and see,” he said.

National Council of Professors political cluster head Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak Khalid said the embattled Mentri Besar could still get a majority support from the assembly and seek the Sultan’s blessing to remain in office despite his sacking from PKR.

Mustafa said under such a scenario, it was likely that Khalid would join PAS.

“It’s simple mathematics. He would want to join the party with the most number of seats,” said Mustafa.

Prior to Khalid’s sacking, PAS and DAP both had 15 seats in the 56-seat state assembly, with PKR holding 14 and Umno, 12.

Khalid’s supporters believe that both Barisan and PAS representatives would stand by him if a no-confidence motion is tabled.

Tags / Keywords: Politics , Khalid Ibrahim , Selangor Mentri Besar


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