MB denies crisis in Selangor
UPDATED @ 10:44:17 PM 23-06-2012
SHAH ALAM, June 23 — Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim denied today his government is in crisis, saying a spate of conflicts between the PKR-led state administration and leaders from the party were due to "normal" differences of opinion in politics.
"There is none (no crisis)...the most important thing is to do things openly.
"Everything has already been said to the media...it is normal in politics to have a difference of opinion," the Selangor mentri besar told reporters here.
The Bandar Tun Razak MP's remarks come following PKR chief strategist Rafizi Ramli’s resignation as chief executive of the Selangor Economic Adviser’s Office as well as recent calls from within PKR for the Khalid's political secretary Faekah Husin to leave her post.
The Ijok assemblyman said that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) should instead focus on winning the next general election.
"Rafizi wants to focus on becoming a parliamentarian. He wants to act independently. If he is working for the Selangor economic adviser's office how can he act independently," said Khalid.
There was speculation that his decision had come about due to a rift between Rafizi and Khalid pertaining to a free education project in the state and also factionalism within the Selangor PKR leadership.
The post of economic adviser to the Selangor government is held by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also PKR de facto leader.
The post for Anwar was created back in 2009, just months after Khalid called for a reshuffle of his state administration.
Rafizi has denied that there were political considerations behind his resignation.
Khalid also defended his embattled political secretary Faekah, saying the controversy surrounding her issuing a support letter was a “non-issue.”
Faekah had allegedly written to a Selangor GLC (government-linked-company) director to recommend a law firm belonging to her relative for appointment on the GLC’s legal panel.
The letter was purportedly issued with the letterhead of the Selangor mentri besar’s office.
This was revealed this week by an anti-Faekah faction within PKR, which has demanded she step down as Khalid’s political secretary.
“It is not a recommendation letter. The issue of a support does not arise, even I am used to writing these letters,” Khalid said today.