PAS excos vow exit if Khalid opens doors to Umno

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said earlier yesterday he has dropped all six state executive councillors from PKR and DAP, purportedly for refusing to co-operate with him as Selangor mentri besar. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said earlier yesterday he has dropped all six state executive councillors from PKR and DAP, purportedly for refusing to co-operate with him as Selangor mentri besar. — Picture by Choo Choy May

SHAH ALAM, Aug 13 — PAS state executive councillors today pledged to quit their posts immediately if Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim moves to appoint Umno lawmakers to replace PKR and DAP leaders he sacked yesterday evening.

The four officials from the Islamist party are all that remains of Khalid’s administration and are the minimum number he is required to have in order to keep running the state.

“If Umno is in, PAS excos will be out. We won’t accept,” PAS exco Sallehen Mukhyi told reporters when met at the state secretariat here.

Another PAS exco Halimah Ali said the same, saying: “There is no Umno, its only PAS.”

All four PAS state officials arrived today for the weekly exco meeting with Selangor mentri besar Khalid.

Khalid said earlier yesterday he has dropped all six state executive councillors from PKR and DAP, purportedly for refusing to co-operate with him as Selangor mentri besar.

He said the Selangor Sultan has given his consent on the matter, and that official letters have been sent to five out of six state executive councillors yesterday evening.

The Selangor mentri besar previously told the PKR and DAP excos to resign if they no longer supported him, saying he was only obliged to have four such officials under the state’s constitution.

Khalid’s own position was thrown into question after PKR’s disciplinary committee expelled him on Saturday ostensibly for his open defiance of the party’s decision that he must step down to make way for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The embattled mentri besar’s sacking leaves PR in a precarious state in Selangor, and adds to worries that snap polls may have to be called to ward off a stalemate.

Without Khalid, PKR’s share of the 56-seat Selangor state assembly drops to 13 from 14 while allies DAP and PAS have 15 seats each. Umno, the opposition in the state, holds 12.

Umno has declared that all its assemblymen will back Khalid unconditionally.

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