SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali (pix) has slammed speculation that he would pick PAS over DAP between the two feuding Pakatan Rakyat partners in his state administration.
Former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim had earlier tweeted that he believed Azmin would choose the Islamist party.
“Who is he to tell this? I have been working for Pakatan Rakyat for many years and yes, I am not pretending that there are no problems.
“But as leaders, I think we have to provide leadership and I’ll be meeting with my colleagues and we’ll discuss how to move forward,” Azmin told reporters after chairing the exco and Selangor Economic Action Council meetings on Thursday.
Asked about Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua’s incessant demand for Azmin to choose between his party and PAS in the state administration, the PKR deputy president said he did not want to comment further on the issue.
“What is more important is getting to the solution, and we must also take into consideration the sentiments and the situation of the rakyat,” said Azmin.
He added the people had given Pakatan a big mandate in the last two elections and were hopeful the Opposition would continue to make major changes at the national level.
“And so I think we have to discuss how best we can spearhead a coalition that is progressive, and in line with the aspiration of the rakyat,’’ he said.
Both PAS and DAP have been at loggerheads since the Islamist party had intensified its efforts to initiate hudud in Kelantan without consulting the other two Pakatan partners.
The situation was aggravated when the PAS Shura Council passed a motion to severe ties with the DAP in its recent muktamar.
This led to the resignation of PAS members from the DAP led-Penang state administration.
An insider with the Selangor government said PAS would not give up its position in the state administration without a fierce fight.
“PAS members and supporters have been appointed as support and administrative staff in several offices and departments in the state administration.
“They are also village headmen and hold various positions in committees and service centres at the grassroots level,’’ said the insider who declined to be named.
It is believed that PAS supporters and members hold about 5,000 positions at various levels in Selangor.
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