Barisan backs Khalid as Selangor MB

Barisan backs Khalid as Selangor MB

PUTRAJAYA - Barisan Nasional has expressed its "unconditional and sincere" support for Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to continue as the mentri besar of Selangor.

Deputy Prime Minister and Barisan deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the decision was made after he discussed the matter with Prime Minister and Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"Based on several policies, reasons and principles, Barisan supports the Selangor Mentri Besar (Khalid).

"We did not consider political ideologies and such, we saw no justification for a change in leadership as proposed by Pakatan Rakyat in the state," he said after chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Tourism here yesterday.

"We don't know what we will get from it but we are sincere and our support is unconditional.

"We only want to see a stability in the state. What is important is that Barisan assemblymen will vote for Khalid in the event a no-confidence motion is tabled in the state assembly," he said.

He said a crisis resulting from the power tussle in Selangor would affect many things, not just in the state, but the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur as well.

Muhyiddin said the Federal Government also feared that Khalid's removal would have a big impact on the water agreements, particularly that involving the Langat 2 project.

"There are many development orders needed (from Selangor) and Khalid had given his co-operation but some Pakatan Rakyat members had said that if (Datuk Seri Dr) Wan Azizah (Wan Ismail) takes over, they would review the agreements.

"Even if they are unable to review it as the agreements are irrevocable, they could frustrate the project by sitting quiet and not doing anything.

"There must be a continuity and co-operation and we believe Khalid will honour the agreements.

"To us, if there is no change of leadership even though (Khalid) is not from Barisan, then that is the best for the present situation," he said.

In Shah Alam, state Umno chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar said all Barisan assemblymen from Umno will do as directed.

"In Umno, we will respect what is asked by our leader," he said.

Noh also denied meeting Khalid or PAS members to discuss any possible dissolution of the state assembly or call for vote of no-confidence against the Selangor Mentri Besar.

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