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PAS Assemblyman May Be New Selangor MB

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Selangor may have a Menteri Besar from PAS as it is the only party that had submitted more than two names in accordance to the decree from Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to end the state Menteri Besar saga.

As for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the Sultan had replied to its letter naming only the party president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail, reminding the party that he had decreed for two or more names.

Whether it was a subtle rejection until his decree is fulfilled, PKR headquarters had stop the matter from further public knowledge as for now.

PKR and DAP have stated they would ‘act on the Sultan’s decree within the next 48 hours’ but time is ticking by.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustapha Ali said today the party followed the decree of the Sultan by sending three names two of which were from PKR – Wan Azizah and her deputy Azmin Ali.

“I cannot reveal to you the name of PAS assemblyman that we had send but we sent three as per the Sultan’s wish,” he said when contacted.

It is learnt that the party named Cempaka assemblyman who is also the party Selangor commissioner Iskandar Abdul Samad, who had stood by outgoing Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim during the nine-month crisis.

Iskandar, an architect by profession, had also defended Khalid and the Palace from the many brickbats from DAP and PKR during the crisis.

The Sultan of Selangor is not expected to wait much longer for PKR and DAP to submit more names as the deadline for the submission was yesterday, Sept 3.

After all, PAS has 15 seats compared to PKR 13 and DAP 15 and going by the seats, the Sultan can legally consent to having a PAS man as Menteri Besar.

Barring any eventualities, the Sultan is expected to decide on the Menteri Besar post anytime next week that will end the crisis without having to call for a snap state election.

A source said leaders of both parties could argue in whatever angles they felt fit to have Wan Azizah to replace Khalid but the first requirement was to fulfill the Sultan’s decree.

PAS had all along tried to please both quarters – PR parties and the Sultan – by naming two from PKR which the multi-racial Malay-based party did not agree as PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said Azmin Ali turned down the nomination and supported Wan Azizah’s candidacy.

But whatever it is, the Menteri Besar saga has thus far made PAS as the ‘bad party’ within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for not following the consensus to submit only Wan Azizah’s name and Khalid as the ‘bad man’ for not giving way to Wan Azizah to replace him.

The ‘bad relationship’ resulting from the saga will have a long term effect on the opposition pact in Selangor as well as at national level.

As it is now, PAS and PKR are at loggerheads on which party should stand in the Pengkalan Kubor state seat by-election in Kelantan.MYNEWSHUB/ Text: Zainal Epi

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