Wan Azizah makes another bid for royal audience


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Aug 2014

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is still hopeful of becoming the next Selangor Mentri Besar, has made a second attempt to seek an audience with the Sultan of Selangor despite the Palace having turned down her first request.

Undeterred by the embarrassing publicity over the royal snub, the MB-hopeful sent a second request on Tuesday, this time signing off in her own name and in her capacity as PKR president.

The first letter was sent on her behalf by her husband and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim with the intention of explaining PKR’s sacking of Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

The latest letter does not state why Dr Wan Azizah is seeking an audience except to say that she wanted to provide an explanation.

It is understood that Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah is aware of the letter.

But he left for an overseas trip early on Wednesday and will only return on Aug 23.

The Sultan has consented to Khalid carrying on as mentri besar after an audience on Monday.

The Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, in explaining the earlier rejection of an audience, had said that the Sultan did not wish to get involved in PKR’s internal affairs and that Khalid’s expulsion from PKR did not affect his position as a member of the state assembly.

The royal rebuff had been a setback for Dr Wan Azizah, lending credence to growing perception that the Palace will not accept her as mentri besar.

Questions were also raised about why Anwar was acting on her behalf by writing the letter to the Sultan.

A number of PAS leaders, including its secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, have openly stated that they have knowledge that the Palace does not accept Dr Wan Azizah. PAS has been using the perceived Palace stand as grounds for its continued support of Khalid.

PAS’ priority is that the Mentri Besar must be able to carry out the religious duties of a leader to the fullest and this would not be possible under a woman.

The Kajang assemblyman’s bid to become the first woman Mentri Besar in the country has run into one hurdle after another.

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