SHAH ALAM – Who will replace Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin as the Menteri Besar of Selangor, the country’s most advanced state?
That is probably the big question lingering on everybody’s mind right now.
Based on the comments sections on Mohamed Azmin’s social media platform, the majority of the Selangor people were happy when he was appointed as a federal minister, but they were still hoping that the 54-year-old PKR deputy president would remain as their menteri besar following his success in governing the state all this time.
Political analyst Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razali said the appointment of Mohamed Azmin as a federal minister was certainly made based on his credibility and excellence performance in administering Selangor since he took over the helm of the state government in 2014.
He said Mohamed Azmin’s position in PKR as the party’s deputy president also showed his credibility in handling political issues and disputes.
“The difference between Mohamed Azmin and other leaders is that he is brave, he is not afraid to make a move, especially political moves, to keep the component parties in the (formerly) Pakatan Rakyat, and now the Pakatan Harapan together. He is pragmatic and fearless in making decision.
”In terms of administration, most of his policies are popular policies. This is his advantage. Mohamed Azmin is administering a very rich state and he is smart to make optimal use of the available sources, which contributed to PKR’s and his own popularity,” he told Bernama.
According to the senior lecturer at the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, of the Raub campus of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang, the bigger challenge now was to find Mohamed Azmin’s successor and whether that person would be able to match up to his performance and live up to the people’s expectations.
According to the results of the 14th General Election, Che Hamdan said it was clear that the people of Selangor were satisfied with the administration of the PH-led state government under Mohamed Azmin’s leadership and it was well translated when the alliance won 51 of the 56 state seats.
“Selangor is stable now, so the challenge is for his successor to avoid Mohamed Azmin’s shadow. After the Kajang Move, many questioned whether Mohamed Azmin was able to become like (former Selangor Menteri Besar) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but when he took over, he adopted a different but more popular approach than Abdul Khalid’s,” he said.
In this context, Che Hamdan said Sungai Tua assemblyman Amirudin Shari had been seen as Mohamed Azmin’s preferred choice to take his place as the menteri besar, but the credibility of another potential candidate, Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin, should not be disputed.
He said the Seri Setia assemblyman had a close relationship with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim since both of them were actively involved in the Malaysian Islamic Youth Force (ABIM).
“Amirudin is undoubtedly young and has more experience in the state government after being appointed as the state executive councillor the second term, but more people see him as Mohamed Azmin’s man and that he is from Johor.
“As for Selangor-born Dr Shaharuddin, he has more experience as PKR vice-president and in term of diplomacy, he could be the bridge connecting the parties in the PH,” he added.
Sultan of Selangor’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, in a statement earlier today, said Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had consented to Mohamed Azmin assuming the post of Minister of Economic Affairs.
However, he said Mohamed Azmin, however, would remain as Selangor Menteri Besar for the time being, until an orderly transfer of power to the new menteri besar was completed.
At around 6pm today, Mohamed Azmin took his oath of office, loyalty and secrecy as Minister of Economic Affairs before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at the Istana Negara. – BERNAMA