SHAH ALAM: State exco members who do not want to work with embattled Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim have been told to quit.
“If the excos don’t agree with me, they can leave,” Khalid told reporters at the state secretariat, but he added that he would meet all of them to ask them if they were prepared to work with him.
“If they fail (to agree to work as a team), it is up to their own conscience and I think it is best for them to leave,” he said.
The PKR exco members are Rodziah Ismail (Batu Tiga), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan) and Dr Daroyah Alwi (Sementa), while those from DAP are Teng Chang Khim (Sungai Pinang), Ean Yong Hian Wah (Seri Kembangan) and V. Ganabatirau (Kota Alam Shah).
Iskandar Samad, Dr Halimah Ali, Sallehen Mukhyi and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi represent PAS in the state exco line-up.
Khalid said according to Article 53 (2)(b) of the state constitution,
the executive council could have between a minimum of four and up to a maximum of 10 members.
“Because PAS has voiced its support and stated in the media that its four exco members will continue under my leadership, I can continue with just four,” said Khalid.
Asked if he could sack state excos who refused to work with him, he said that as mentri besar, he could put in a request to the Selangor Ruler for a change in the exco line-up.
In response to whether he would find it difficult to run the state without the support of PKR and DAP, Khalid said state and political administration were two different components.
“The state is administered by the exco and the implementation is carried out by civil servants. Because of this, I do not see any problem or inefficiency arising,” said Khalid.
On criticism by his detractors that his claim of commanding majority support in the legislative assembly was not true, Khalid said it was up to them to prove this.
“It’s for the other parties to test whether the mentri besar has full support or no majority support.”
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