Monday, May 13, 2013

Khalid to be sworn in as Selangor MB tomorrow

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will be sworn in tomorrow as Selangor mentri besar for a second term, Bernama reported today.

The national news agency quoted the confirmation from an official at the Selangor mentri besar’s office that will finally end the dispute over the top government post in the country’s wealthiest state.

“The exco line-up is already prepared,” Khalid (picture) was quoted by Bernama as telling reporters at the Bukit Kayangan palace in Shah Alam.

“We target two weeks at the latest and a week at the earliest for the new exco to be appointed,” he added.

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Khalid’s political secretary Faekah Husin confirmed with The Malaysian Insider today that his swearing-in ceremony would take place at Istana Alam Shah in Klang at 9am tomorrow.

The DAP and PAS have endorsed Khalid as mentri besar amid claims by PKR deputy president Azmin Ali that Khalid’s candidacy had bypassed the democratic process.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) won a two-thirds majority in the Selangor state assembly in the May 5 general election by taking 44 of the 56 state seats. PKR, however, won only 14 seats while the DAP and PAS took 15 each.

Azmin also appeared to question Khalid’s leadership at a press conference last Friday and insinuated that Selangor PKR leaders were against Khalid’s reappointment.

However, party sources have said that a majority of Selangor PKR lawmakers and division chiefs want Khalid to be reappointed as the state’s mentri besar amid protests by a faction led by Azmin, who is said to be gunning for the post himself.

Azmin also said last Friday that Khalid’s administration was filled with “red tape” and implied that the state government had not been responsive on issues faced by voters.

But Azmin dismissed speculation that he would leave PKR following the party’s supposed endorsement of Khalid’s governance.

In the other PR states, Lim Guan Eng and Datuk Ahmad Yakcop have already been sworn in as the chief minister and mentri besar for Penang and Kelantan respectively.
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