KLANG: The Selangor government will ensure that the mandate given to it by the people in the 2018 general election is upheld, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.He said the state government was committed to serving the people of Selangor.
“This administration vows to continue to respect the mandate of the people to accomplish the agendas that are beneficial to the state and the people of Selangor, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
It was issued after Amirudin attended an audience with Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Bukit Kayangan in Shah Alam.
He was accompanied by Selangor DAP chairman Gobind Singh Deo and state Parti Amanah Negara chief Izham Hashim during the meeting with the Ruler.
The three leaders briefed Sultan Sharafuddin on the state’s position amidst the current developments in the national political situation.
Amirudin said the Sultan was satisfied with the explanations given.He said he also held a meeting earlier with the state’s component party chiefs, including Selangor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) head Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari.
It is believed that Amirudin wanted Abdul Rashid to remain in the state executive council pending the outcome of the political situation
at the federal level despite Bersatu no longer being part of Pakatan Harapan.
Abdul Rashid is the Selangor culture, tourism, Malay customs and heritage committee chairman.
However, the state’s other Pakatan elected representatives were unhappy with this.
“We do not see the logic behind this arrangement. Abdul Rashid should leave the exco line-up as his party is no longer part of Pakatan, ’’ said a PKR assemblyman.
He also said the group of PKR state assemblymen aligned to party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim strongly felt that Amirudin should be replaced as mentri besar.
Amirudin is known to be an Azmin protege and loyalist.
“We have been talking among ourselves that Amirudin should step down as the mentri besar because of his links with Azmin, ’’ said the assemblyman.
He said since Azmin was no longer a PKR member, it was difficult for them to believe his followers would be loyal to the party.
“We will also be asking for Haniza Talha to be removed from the executive council line-up, ” said the assemblyman.
Haniza, the Lembah Jaya assemblyman, is the current Wanita PKR chief and also a close ally of Azmin.
Amirudin, however, told his party’s Selangor elected representatives in an impromptu meeting that he was behind Anwar and Pakatan.
Selangor has so far remained safe from any changes in the state administration, as the state Pakatan government is strong with 16 assemblymen from DAP, 20 from PKR and eight from Parti Amanah Negara.Barisan Nasional has five assemblymen, PAS (one), Bersatu (five) and one independent assemblyman, which makes up 12 representatives in the state’s 56-member legislative assembly.
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