PETALING JAYA: PKR has sacked Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from the party for his refusal to vacate his Selangor Mentri Besar post.
The decision came after Khalid did not to turn up to face a disciplinary hearing, as ordered by PKR disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong by noon yesterday.
Dr Tan said PKR’s leadership had unanimously decided to sack Khalid with immediate effect for openly defying the party’s orders.
Khalid responded to his sacking by saying that it was “flawed and illegal” but he acknowledged the decision.
He said he would seek an audience with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, to inform him of this latest development and listen to any views that the ruler might have to share.
“Until such a time as this issue is resolved in accordance with proper procedures, laws and conventions, particularly in the Selangor Constitution, I will continue to perform my duty to the people as the Mentri Besar of Selangor to the best of my ability,” he said in a statement issued at 8pm.
During the announcement made about two hours earlier, Dr Tan told a packed news conference that Khalid had failed to adhere to the decision made by the leadership on July 21 that he relinquishes his post to make way for party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
“Having taken into consideration Khalid’s reply to the show-cause letter issued to him, we feel that he is no longer abiding by party decisions and as such, can no longer be part of the party.
“Khalid had defied decisions by the Pakatan Rakyat presidential council on several state issues and failed to provide timely explanations to these issues,” Dr Tan said.
The issues included the discussion on the Langat 2 project, which Pakatan leaders wanted to delay, the restructuring of the state’s water industry and the construction of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).
He said that Khalid had also failed to explain his RM67mil Bank Islam debt that was settled out of court.
Dr Tan, however, said Khalid had 14 days to appeal the decision.
“If he chooses to appeal, then a separate committee will be formed to look into the matter,” he said.
PKR supreme council member R. Sivarasa said although Khalid was still legally the Mentri Besar, he should immediately inform the Sultan of his decision to step down, as he no longer had the support of the majority in the state assembly.
Asked why PKR had not considered Khalid’s request to postpone the disciplinary hearing to Aug 15, party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said that Khalid had been given opportunities to explain himself in the past, but had failed to do so, denying speculation that the decision was intended to pressure PAS into withdrawing support for the embattled Mentri Besar.
“This has nothing to do with PAS. He is a PKR member and the party has the right to exercise its decision on the matter,” he added.
In Kota Baru, PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said the party would stand firm that Khalid should remain as Mentri Besar and was prepared for any consequences of the decision.
On Friday, Khalid issued a second reply to the party’s disciplinary committee, requesting for his hearing to be postponed to Aug 15, saying that he had been given too short a notice.
In his written response, he also questioned why the party had demanded an explanation on issues that fell under the executive powers of the state, as PKR was only authorised to question him on party-related offences.