Anwar: If I erred on my part, I apologise to Sultan

Anwar: If I erred on my part, I apologise to Sultan
Royal invitation: A screenshot of the invitation for the swearing-in. This invitation was sent out to one of the 25 penghulu in Selangor.

PETALING JAYA - Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim apologised to the Selangor Sultan if he was out of line over his remarks on the convention practised in the appointment of the mentri besar.

The PKR adviser said his statements were based on what he knew from his time in Barisan Nasional between 1982 and 1998.

"I only said what I know to have happened during my time in the Barisan Nasional government. If there was an error on my part, I apologise to the Selangor Sultan," he said.

Anwar was reprimanded in a four-page statement issued by the Selangor Palace yesterday.

He was told not to mislead the people and tarnish Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's repute with his baseless statements.

Sultan Sharafuddin's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani refuted Anwar's claims that it had been the practice since Independ­ence to submit only one name to the Ruler for the mentri besar post.

"Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's statement is inaccurate and confuses the people," he said in the statement.

"If Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim does not have accurate facts, he is advised not to make statements."

According to Mohamad Munir, he was instructed by the Sultan to clarify matters pertaining to the appointment of the mentri besar.

He said the prime minister would present several names to the Ruler as mentri besar candidates when Barisan Nasional ruled Selangor.

"The Sultan would then pick one candidate," he said.

After Pakatan Rakyat took over the state in 2008, Mohamad Munir said the Sultan called on the leaders of the three parties (PKR, DAP and PAS) to discuss a list of candidates for the mentri besar post.

A few names were recommended from the discussions, he said.

The Sultan then wrote to the leaders asking them to suggest two names for the post.

"The leaders of all three parties unanimously proposed Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

"Sultan Sharafuddin appointed Khalid because he met all the requirements and criteria stipulated in the state constitution," he said.

Mohamad Munir also pointed out that the palace wrote to Pakatan leaders asking them to suggest four names for the mentri besar post after the 2013 general election.

He said this was because PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail stated during the campaigning that Khalid need not necessarily remain as mentri besar if Pakatan won.

But Pakatan leaders wrote to the Sultan recommending Khalid at the same time that the Ruler received other names, said Mohamad Munir.

Sultan Sharafuddin appointed Khalid because he had held the position prior to that and had good ties with the Palace and the people of Selangor, he said.

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