Source: The Mole
Pakatan Rakyat’s bid to topple Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim will bring more harm than good to the coalition, an analyst says.
Universiti Sains Malaysia’s political analyst Dr Ahmad Atory Husain said the people may begin doubting Pakatan’s leadership promise as the coalition once promoted Khalid as the best choice for Mentri Besar during 13th General Elections campaign.
Speaking to The Mole recently, Dr Ahmad said: “If you remember, the same people who called for Khalid’s removal are the same ones who sang praises on him in the last GE, even willing to convince the people in Selangor to vote Pakatan to have Khalid as the Mentri Besar.”
“Now, the people in Selangor are not stupid. They can see what is going on. Do you think they will accept and trust whatever their leaders will say after all this? I doubt so,” he added.
He also believed that the intensive bid to remove Khalid is done by hidden hands within the coalition who wanted to take over the Selangor Government’s top post.
“I think these hidden hands behind this bid to remove Khalid do not realise they are back pedalling on their own words.”
Pointed out that Khalid was heavily criticised by his own Pakatan colleagues over various issues including his handling of the Selangor water crisis and the proposed Kidex highway, Dr Ahmad Atory believed all of the issues were excuses to justify Pakatan’s efforts to remove the Mentri Besar.
“All of the issues raised are very subjective. Maybe as a leader, Khalid feels that he can get it resolved.
“It has been only slightly over a year since he assumed his second term as the Mentri Besar. Based on his stellar performance as claimed by his peers then, is it fair to topple him now?”
Khalid’s position as the Mentri Besar has been a subject of intense speculation since January this year when his own party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, orchestrated the “Kajang Move,” as a manoeuvre to oust Khalid and replace him with the party’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The strategist behind the move, Rafizi Ramli recently said: “Even though people say the Kajang Move was a failure because Khalid is still there, it achieved its purpose, which was to create the option (of having him replaced).”
“And I think the public opinion is questioning Khalid now more than ever, and have come to see the Kajang Move was a necessary step. So I think Khalid has to take heed of public sentiment.”
Anwar had also said that Pakatan has yet to officially decide whether to keep or remove Khalid from his post.
“The decision to retain or replace would be made through discussion and decisions of Pakatan Rakyat, and certainly in consultation with His Majesty,” Anwar was quoted as saying in a news report recently.
Dr Ahmad was in the opinion that the Pakatan leadership in Selangor should be responsive over the issue of Khalid’s removal, as it is not healthy for the state administration.
“If you have a better candidate, put it forward, initiate a vote of no confidence against him. If you don’t, I think it’s better to let Khalid do his job and work together with him.”