PETALING JAYA: PAS said the Sultan of Selangor has not directed the party to nominate a second mentri besar candidate to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
In a statement issued by Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, who is the political secretary of party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, he said Abdul Hadi had sought an audience with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in conjunction with Hari Raya and that no orders were issued by the Ruler on the Selangor mentri besar position during the audience.
Dr Ahmad said that inaccurate information about the meeting written in a Facebook posting by the party’s Youth chief Suhaizan Kayat had created the mistaken impression that the Sultan had issued a directive to PAS on the matter.
“This inaccurate information was in turn picked up by social and mainstream media several days ago, creating confusion,” Ahmad Samsuri said in the statement, which was carried in the party organ Harakah.
Suhaizan in his Facebook posting dated Aug 19, among others, wrote about how Hadi had good relations with the Selangor Palace.
“On the fourth day of Hari Raya, he (Hadi) was asked to meet the Sultan,” Suhaizan wrote.
“The outcome of the audience was that our president decided that an alternative name needed to be submitted to face any possibility that could arise involving the Palace and (PKR president) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.”
PAS’ central committee on Sunday proposed Dr Wan Azizah and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as its two candidates for the mentri besar post.
A Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting later that day, however, decided to only submit Dr Wan Azizah’s name after Azmin declared that he would adhere to PKR’s decision to only nominate its president for the post.
Suhaizan also clarified yesterday that it was not true that the Palace had neither named or given a signal to PAS to nominate Azmin for the job.