KLANG: PKR’s show-cause letter to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has proven to be the last straw in the wrangle over the Selangor Mentri Besar post. The letter has killed any chance of peace talks to resolve the controversy.
Khalid’s political secretary Azman Abidin insisted that no decision was made during PKR’s political bureau meeting on Sunday to issue Khalid with a show-cause letter.
He said he had advised Khalid to reply to the show-cause letter which was handed to him yesterday because, if he did not do so, the party may expel him.
“However, even if this happens, Khalid will remain as MB as no one has the locus standi to remove him,” he said yesterday.
Azman claimed he was instructed to set up a meeting between Khalid and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and it had been scheduled.
“The meeting was supposed to be held on Monday night but it did not take place.”
He said Khalid became angry after PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail issued a statement earlier that day about a 40-page supposed exposé, including allegations over a multi-million loan from Bank Islam involving the Mentri Besar.
“Tan Sri (Khalid) asked why were they attacking him from the back and at the same time asking for a meeting to resolve the matter.”
Azman said the party then gave him until yesterday to arrange the meeting.
“Now, they have issued a statement about the show-cause letter. I think this is not going to resolve the issue between Khalid and the party’s top leadership,” said Azman.
He said PKR should give Khalid some face, as he is the sitting Mentri Besar.
“I cannot do anything any more to help ease the tension and help the leaders reach common ground. I believe I have failed to help resolve the matter,” said Azman.
He said Khalid had appeared as if he would accept the party’s decision but the recent turn of events had soured the situation.
Earlier in Shah Alam, Khalid said he wanted to be proven innocent against allegations of wrongdoings in land and business deals involving the Selangor Government before explaining himself to PKR.
“There has been a statement (by Saifuddin) alleging that I was involved in wrongdoings.
“I want to be tried in court because I believe in transparency,” he told reporters after sitting in at a trial over a land deal between Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan and the state government at the Shah Alam High Court.
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to reply to show-cause letter