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Anwar’s Last Hurdle Maybe Too Big For Him

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The writing on the wall is loud and clear – the Sultan of Selangor wanted somebody else beside Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail as Menteri Besar.

Interpretations to his letter to PKR can be read in many ways but the message is clear – Sultan Sarafuddin Idris Shah did not take it too lightly on PKR’s proposal of naming just one person to replace outgoing Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

He decreed for two or more names from each party in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) but when he received only one name from DAP and PKR, he viewed it as a show of disrespect and ill-mannered.

PAS showed respect by sending three names and PAS, despite being an opposition since 1955, reflected the party’sm respect the spirit of Constitutional Monarchy.

Will the Sultan’s letter spark a constitutional crisis in Selangor is yet to be seen but it is up to PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is adamant to have his wife as Menteri Besar.

It depends on Anwar’s next move but as it is right now, he is already out of moves as his party has yet to send the names to the Sultan after the first proposal was returned.

With the Sultan openly saying he would pick a person who is from PR who he felt had the qualification and received the majority support to be Menteri Besar, it is now up to Anwar and PKR to present their case if they still insist on Wan Azizah.

Many read it as a ‘gone case’ for Anwar’s dream given the reply from the Sultan which were considered as ‘sealed and closed’ and PAS seems to take the centre stage in the Sultan’s mind.

But the spin off from the saga is clear – besides the probable showdown with the Sultan, PR may lose PAS, the party that is being blamed for Anwar’s Kajang Move failure and the Islamist party may also see a splinter, formed by leaders and members aligned to Anwar.

Termed as moderates, the leaders had been vocal going against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s decision in sending three names including one from the party itself to the Sultan.

These members may form a new party to fill up PAS’ position in PR if the Islamist party decided to leave the opposition pact following the sour relationship emerging from the Menteri Besar saga.

The gloves are off and these moderates as well as leaders from PKR and DAP are on the attack against Abdul Hadi’s action, calling the Islamist party president as traitor and double-edge sword.

But Abdul Hadi and the veteran fundamentalists in the party including party spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat are taking it easy as Abdul Hadi revealed one by one the events that made Anwar looked like a ‘liar’.

Anwar had created a by-election and then got sitting Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim expelled from the party, then got the executive councillors of PR parties to boycott him.

At this juncture of the plan, PAS which had been playing along Anwar’s game chose to stay out and got its exco members to stay on with Khalid.

Anwar’s move was checked from that point onwards and from then on, the road has been rough and full of obstacles.

With the latest development from the palace, Anwar faces the biggest challenge to his Kajang Move and the last hurdle seems to be the toughest. MYNEWSHUB

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