Rafizi: Selangor functioning as a ‘unity government’


  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Jun 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor go­­vernment formerly under the Pa­ka­tan Rakyat banner is still functioning as a unity government, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said.

The Pandan MP explained that state governments, be it Kelantan, Selangor or Penang, must be formed subject to democratic rules.

State constitutions allow any elected representative who has ma­­jo­rity support to set up a government, he said.

He said in that view, both PAS and DAP representatives had agreed to maintain their support for Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali.

“Because of that, the Selangor government is now a unity government (kerajaan campuran),” he said outside Parliament yesterday.

When there is no more Pakatan, Rafizi claimed the individual opposition parties remain.

“It is up to these individual parties, if they have enough members in the state assemblies, to form a government with the majority backing of their state assemblies.

“So in the current situation at the national level, there is no opposition coalition. But in the state assemblies, the parties which have the support of other parties to lead the unity government can continue on, such as what is happening in Selangor, Penang and Kelantan,” he said.

Rafizi added that previously, there were also many problems within Pakatan but solutions were found after a consensus was reached – different from their current plight.

“In an impasse, the best way to move forward is to dissolve the co-operation,” he said.

On Wednesday, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that both the PAS resolution to cut ties with DAP at its muktamar and DAP’s announcement of the end of Pakatan was “hasty”.

On Tuesday, DAP secretary-gene­ral Lim Guan Eng caused ripples with his announcement that Paka­tan had “ceased to exist”.

The DAP-led government in Penang has also pressured PAS poli­ticians to resign.

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