SHAH ALAM, Jan 6 — Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah today said Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi’s appointment as state secretary was legitimate, despite protests by the Selangor government.
The Sultan of Selangor stressed today that he remained apolitical in the current row over the state secretary’s appointment, saying there was no need to politicise Khusrin’s selection.
“I want to stress that the appointment of Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi as state secretary is according to the laws and procedures stated by the state constitution as well as the federal constitution.
“I do not want this issue politicised, sensationalised and blown up until it causes confusion to the rakyat. My wish is that the new state secretary will be able to conduct his duties and responsibilities diligently and in an excellent manner,” said the Sultan today.
The state’s Ruler added that he was saddened his previous remarks had been “manipulated” by “irresponsible quarters” and had confused the people of Selangor.
“I would like to state here, as I have mentioned [to] the State exco members before... that I do not take sides or support any political parties,” the Sultan continued.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who has opposed the appointment, said today that his administration continued to not “recognise” the new state secretary’s appointment.
Khalid added that he had already informed the Sultan of his administration’s bid on Monday to protest Khusrin’s appointment to the Public Services Commission (SPA).
“The state has sent a letter to the SPA informing them of our displeasure in the appointment of the new state secretary. We stress that their actions have contravened the spirit of the constitution.
“The attendance of the whole state exco for today’s ceremony... is proof of our affection and loyalty to His High Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor, as well as His Highness, the Selangor Regent.
“Seeing as today coincides with Datuk Mohd Khusrin’s swearing-in ceremony, it does not mean that we are willing to accept SPA’s arbitrary actions against our administration. We stand by our argument that the state secretary appointment is not final and needs a proper solution,” said Khalid.
Today, the Selangor Sultan called for an end to the dispute, saying he hoped Khusrin and the Selangor government would be able to work together amicably.
“I hope that all state government officials fully co-operate with Mohd Khusrin so that all matters of running the state can be conducted smoothly. I also hope that the newly appointed state secretary carries out the policies of the government of the day, following the current rules and regulations,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.
Khalid, however, has indicated that he will not accept Khusrin’s appointment despite the Sultan’s latest remarks, and had posted a message indicating this using Twitter shortly after the Sultan’s speech.
“Datuk Khusrin masih tidak akan dibenarkan mengangkat sumpah rahsia berdepan MB (Datuk Khusrin will still not be allowed to take the oath of secrecy in front of the MB),” wrote Khalid on popular micro-blogging site.