SHAH ALAM, July 8 — Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will continue to lead the state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) although he is no longer PKR state chief, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced today.
“He will continue to chair PR meetings because it will not burden his role as menteri besar,” said the PKR de facto leader.
Khalid had relinquished his post as Selangor PKR chief two weeks ago, after an internal “revolt” by party MPs.
The in-fighting had further damaged PKR’s public image, which is already marred by a series of defections by it federal and state law makers.
Anwar indicated that besides managing the state, Khalid’s role would be to coordinate between PKR, PAS and DAP leaders in Selangor.
Aware of its battered image over Khalid’s ouster as state chief, PKR today also moved to close ranks in a show of support for the menteri besar.
Anwar and PKR vice-president Azmin Ali, who had replaced Khalid as state PKR chief, were PR leaders who gathered “to recognise the contributions” of the Mentri Besar.
Even Khalid’s strongest critic PKR Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam was at the function organised by the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS).
Azmin, whose resignation as a director of PKNS sparked the “revolt”, ironically were among PKR leaders who spoke at today event.
The backdrop of the event was a recent recognition given to Khalid by his Australian alma-mater.
Last week he attended the University of Queensland Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Summit Strategic Direction to 2020 and was selected to head the committee to chart the direction of the University.
PR leaders who spoke to The Malaysian Insider on condition of anonymity today acknowledged today’s function was organised as “damage control” for PKR.
“We were only informed about the event yesterday,” said an assemblyman.