PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Palace has sent out feelers to the PAS leadership on the possibility of the Islamist party taking up the mentri besar’s post.
State government sources said the request, conveyed through a trusted intermediary, inquired whether PAS was ready to nominate an MB candidate if the crisis over the top post was not resolved.
“The message has been passed to Datuk Seri Hadi Awang,” said a source.
Hadi, who is PAS president, was also told that the Palace would reject PKR’s choice for mentri besar – Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the PKR president.
The message was conveyed to Hadi on Thursday and it is learnt that PAS has yet to respond to the Palace request.
It is understood that Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah is deeply disturbed that the MB crisis has deteriorated with no clear solution in sight and its effect on the welfare and progress of the people of Selangor.
The Selangor political turmoil was sparked off by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s refusal to step aside as MB and also by PKR’s insistence on Dr Wan Azizah as the only candidate to replace Khalid. The standoff shows little sign of ending.
Khalid has sacked the PKR and DAP state executive councillors whereas Dr Wan Azizah has declared that she enjoys the support of 30 of the 56 assemblymen in the state.
The Palace is believed to be turning to PAS for a solution in the event PKR fails to put its house in order.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali has said that his party would respect the mentri besar post as a PKR seat.
However, the party has yet to agree to nominate Dr Wan Azizah for the post. Mustafa confirmed that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had been told why PAS was unable to endorse his wife.
However, a decision will have to be made tomorrow when the PAS central committee convenes to discuss the matter.
It is understood that the party is edging towards proposing another name from PKR – possibly PKR deputy president Azmin Ali or Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad – to be presented to the Palace alongside that of Dr Wan Azizah.
PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayob said there was no question of PAS pulling out of the coalition just because it could not agree on the MB candidate.
He said delegates at the PAS muktamar in 2008 decided that the party must be part of Pakatan Rakyat.
“We will need another muktamar if we want to reverse the stand,” he said.