DAP and PKR do not recognise dismissal of five

DAP and PKR do not recognise dismissal of five

PETALING JAYA - DAP and PKR will not recognise the sacking of five Selangor executive council members by Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as it is illegal and unethical, says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

"PKR and DAP feel this sacking is unethical, does not respect the spirit and principle of democracy and ignores the mandate given by the rakyat.

"Khalid must remember that he was appointed as mentri besar to represent Pakatan Rakyat. He is not the Mentri Besar, his name is Khalid Ibrahim," he told a press conference at the PKR headquarters last night.

Lim said he had contacted PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali to ask the PAS leadership to stand in solidarity with the five who were sacked yesterday.

"I have asked for their four exco members not to turn up at tomorrow's (Wednesday) meeting.To me, there is a need to show solidarity because PAS is part of Pakatan Rakyat," he added.

Lim questioned how Khalid could claim to have the majority support from the 56 assemblymen in Selangor.

"Pakatan Rakyat has 28 assemblymen. Khalid needs 29 or more, not 28 to say he has the support of the majority," said Lim.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was also at the press conference, said he was absolutely certain that all Pakatan assemblymen would not defect in support of Khalid.

"I am 100 per cent sure they will not defect. They are all upstairs," he said.

Meanwhile, Selangor exco member Datuk Teng Chang Khim said all five sacked councillors did not recognise the dismissal.

"Under the state constitution, the Sultan appoints the executive council on the advice of the mentri besar. Therefore, only the Sultan has the power to sack executive council members," said Teng.

Asked whether the five would attend the state exco meeting, Teng said they would show up for work but would not attend the meeting with Khalid.

"We will stay in our offices as we have a lot of work to do," said Teng.

He urged his PAS counterparts not to "legitimise" the exco meeting today by attending.

Meanwhile, Universiti Teknologi Mara Emeritus Professor of Law Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi said there was nothing the sacked PKR and DAP exco members could do to challenge their removal so long as consent had been obtained from the Sultan.

"The term of the exco is determined by the Sultan on the advice of the mentri besar, so if the Sultan had agreed to their removal, there is little they can do," he said.

Dr Shad Saleem said there were several examples of ministers who had been sacked by the prime minister, including in 1988 when then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sacked cabinet members who were from the rival "Team B" in Umno.

"Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was also sacked by Dr Mahathir as deputy prime minister and the court found that the sacking was within the prime minister's authority," he said.

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