Selangor palace rejects PKR's request to meet over Khalid sacking

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim gives the thumbs up sign to reporters after meeting the Sultan of Selangor at Istana Alam Shah, August 11, 2014. — Bernama pic
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim gives the thumbs up sign to reporters after meeting the Sultan of Selangor at Istana Alam Shah, August 11, 2014. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 ― The Selangor palace has rejected PKR's last-minute bid to meet with the Sultan to explain its reasons for sacking Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, likely after finding the party's manner of requesting for audience inappropriate, sources said.

Malay Mail Online understands that it was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had written the letter to seek a meeting between the state ruler and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is PKR's candidate to replace Khalid.

Sources familiar with the matter said the letter, which was sent to the palace yesterday, was rejected yesterday morning.

“The request, written by Anwar was for Wan Azizah to have an audience with His Royal Highness.

“Suffice it to say there were questions as to why Wan Azizah did not write the official letter herself... it did not look good, especially for someone who has been tipped to be Khalid's replacement,” a PKR source told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“They (PKR) should have cleared matters with the Selangor Sultan before sacking Khalid, before things came to this,” said another source close to the embattled MB.

It is understood that Anwar will receive the rejection letter from the palace some time later today.

PKR’s decision to expel the embattled MB was mainly for his open defiance of the party’s decision that he must step down to make way for PKR president Dr Wan Azizah.

Khalid’s sacking leaves the coalition in a precarious state and will add to worries that snap polls may have to be called to ward off a stalemate.

Earlier yesterday, Khalid met with the Selangor Sultan to discuss his position in the ongoing crisis.

The second-term MB later told reporters that despite his expulsion, the state ruler said he should stay on as MB.

During the meeting, Khalid said he explained his sacking and told the Sultan that he still commands the confidence of the majority of Selangor’s assemblymen.

“High Royal Highness is satisfied with the explanation given and has given his blessings for me to continue as Selangor mentri besar,” he said at a news conference here.

Khalid also said that talks about dissolving the state assembly and calling for fresh polls were “not even brought up.”

“Until there are any new developments, I am still Selangor mentri besar and will carry my duties as MB,” he added.

But DAP and PKR later disputed Khalid’s claim, and challenged the leader to prove he commands the majority support of the Selangor assembly by calling for a confidence motion in the House.

Both DAP and PKR representatives have declared they will vote against Khalid. PAS has yet to decide its position on the matter and is scheduled to do so during its meeting on August 17.

Should a confidence motion be tabled, full support from all PAS’s 15 and Umno’s 12 assemblymen for Khalid will see the House split down the middle, likely paving the way for fresh polls.

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