The successor to Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Menteri Besar will be sworn in tomorrow. The grapevine has it that the announcement on his appointment will be made today.
So who will the new MB be? Azmin Ali or dark horse DrAhmad Yunus Hairi? (Iskandar Samad has already told the press that he’s not it.)
BELOW: Madame Kipas is supported by Puan Prada
DAP wants Wan Azizah, PAS doesn’t
The new MB is unlikely to be Wan Azizah even as she makes a last ditch attempt at this eleventh hour to seek an audience with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. It was reported earlier on 13 Aug 2014 that Wan Azizah was declined a royal audience. When she repeated her request to be granted an audience with the Sultan, it was rebuffed again.
With two refusals under her belt and her third request as well yet to be entertained, it looks like Wan Azizah’s chances are truly scuppered. It’s certainly difficult to imagine having an MB who is unable to obtain access to the ruler of the state – how will Selangor be able to function smoothly if thus?
Objecting to a PAS menteri besar
“Kerusi ini untuk PKR, kita tidak akan disokong oleh PR dan DAP,” the PAS Sepang MP was quoted as saying inhis speech to the muktamar a few days ago.
Hanipa Maidin said, “Kalau kita terima [kerusi MB], rakan-rakan Pakatan tidak akan menyokong kita”.
The assertion by Hanipa – a lawyer and PAS legal bureau chief – that the MB’s chair is reserved for PKR is mind-boggling to say the least. Why should the position have PKR’s name written on it when Anwar’s party has only 13 Aduns (minus Khalid) compared to PAS’s 15?
PAS delegates and observers at the party 60th muktamar were equally boggled by the lawyer’s stance and proceeded to heckle Hanipa who retorted that the floor could boo as loudly as they wished but he would finish his speech regardless.
Hostile reaction from the jeering crowd then saw Hanipa being called “peguam neraka”, “wakil PKR” and other names.
According to Hanipa’s argument: “Apabila kita [PAS] terima jawatan, saya percaya rakan kita tidak akan menyokong kita”.
Okay, so he’s confirming for us that the three Pakatan members do not mutually support each other.
Hanipa provides Reason No.2: “Sebab kita janji kerusi itu untuk PKR. Bila kita ambil dalam keadaan kita tak mendapat sokongan PKR, bolehkah kita nak jadi menteri besar yang kuat?”
It was Mat Sabu who “promised” (or implicitly agreed) to support Wan Azizah. So now we know that PAS is a party where the deputy president not only outranks the president but is also above the party constitution which says that the Majlis Syura Ulama (MSU) is the highest decision-making body.
Mat Sabu’s actions drew adverse condemnation to the extent of a doa laknat being spoken against him by PAS Federal Territories delegate Azhari Ariffin (video below).
The MSU and Tuan Guru Hadi Awang are not against the MB post being given to PKR as, after all, they submitted two PKR names to the Sultan. However in deferring to Tuanku’s titah for three names, PAS also included one of their own Aduns to be put up as candidate.
PAS delegates revolt against Anwarinas
Given the commotion he created, it is clear that Hanipa – whose parting shot at his detractors as he was leaving the podium was the defiant taunt, “Sekarang kamu jerit sekuat-kuatnya” – is considered a munafik by the vocal section of the assembly.
Another delegate showered with boos was PAS Youth member Mohd Sani Hamzan (video below).
Mohd Sani said [0:41], “… saya nak sebutkan Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan, kalau kita nak ambil kerusi Menteri Besar Tuan-tuan dan Puan-puan, tunggu pilihanraya yang ke-14 kita menang kita sapu 20 kerusi di Selangor, masa itu kita boleh jadi Menteri Besar kerajaan di negeri Selangor, betul tak?”
Mohd Sani seems to have forgotten that Wan Azizah did not contest in Selangor during GE13 and therefore she cannot be considered to be a part of the Pakatan winning team in 2013. (Wan Azizah obtained her seat only through a forced by election in March 2014). Hence why should she be most worthy of becoming MB going by Mohd Sani’s logic?
Furthermore Mohd Sani – by insisting that PAS would only have a legitimate claim on the MBship by performing superlatively in a future general election – is therefore implying that his party should remain subservient to PKR and take a backseat in the current Selangor government even though the Pakatan winning team on 5 May 2013 had comprised 15 PAS Aduns to PKR’s then 14.
For what reason should PAS kowtow to PKR?
And what is this rubbish they keep regurgitating about the MB chair being promised to PKR?
PKR has had Khalid Ibrahim up there heading the state government for 6-and-½ years (since 2008). It is PKR that ousted their own man from job. It is PKR that decided unilaterally on Rafizi’s Kajang Move to dislodge Khalid. It is a sole decision by PKR to nominate Wan Azizah and present their choice as a fait accompli to PAS.
If PKR has shown this amount of contempt (disregard of any need for consultation) for PAS, then what unwritten “promise” does PAS owe PKR, pray tell?
No wonder Mohd Sani’s screed elicited an angry uproar from the muktamirin.
Got bullets? Shoot the munafik first
As we’ve glimpsed above from the scenes of outrage greeting Hanipa and Mohd Sani, the walkout on Mat Sabu and the emotional episode of Pemuda Youth permanent chairman Kamal Ashaari breaking down in tears as well as an incident of microphone snatching, the atmosphere at the PAS muktamar in Batu Pahat was highly charged.
(Saari Sungib is a DAP buddy – see Hannah Yeoh tweet above.)
Cries of “munafik” had rung out and reverberated in the hall. There were accusations of betrayal and treachery directed at the two PAS Aduns Saari Sungib and Hasnul Baharuddin who broke ranks and their bai’ah, against the culprit who leaked Dr Zuhdi Marzuki’s Whatsapp message, against PasMa and against the Erdogans who are undermining the ulamas.
Ustaz Norazli Musa (pix left) who was a Dewan Ulama delegate from Perak even issued a call for jihad: “Jika ada 10 peluru, maka 9 darinya mesti dihalakan kepada musuh dalam selimut dan yang satu lagi kepada musuh yang lain”.
PAS is aware of their musuh dalam selimut but Umno on the other hand still remains blissfully unaware.