Khalid fires back at PKR panel

Khalid fires back at PKR panel
Sticking to his guns: Khalid speaking to the media after the gathering with Jais personnel in Shah Alam.

PETALING JAYA - Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has fired back at PKR's disciplinary committee, telling it that it has no business questioning him on how the state is run.

Responding in a letter to the committee's show-cause notice directing him to attend a hearing yesterday, the Selangor Mentri Besar said five of the issues raised had already been discussed at a state government meeting under the executive powers of the state administration.

The five issues were on a Bank Islam loan, the state's water restructuring deal, the revised MB's allowance, the increased fees for business licences and the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).

"The PKR disciplinary committee is only authorised to hear issues related to party matters and not matters pertaining to how the state is run," Khalid said in his letter to committee chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

The letter was delivered to the PKR headquarters by his political secretary Mustapha Mohd Talib yesterday.

In the letter, Khalid also requested that his hearing be postponed from 3pm yesterday to next Friday because he was busy.

Khalid lamented the fact that the notice summoning him to the disciplinary hearing had requested that he explain five additional issues that were not mentioned in the earlier show-cause letter issued him on Tuesday.

"This reinforces my insistence that any accusation made towards me must be stated clearly and in detail. I do not understand how these five issues are related to the Kajang Move and my refusal to relinquish the MB's post, which was the focal point in the show-cause letter.

"It is also clear that even the disciplinary committee is unsure and inconsistent in regard to my alleged wrongdoing," he said.

The embattled Mentri Besar also questioned the haste in which the disciplinary hearing was called, claiming that he was unfairly treated after being given less than 24 hours' notice to attend the hearing.

"If they insist on going ahead with the hearing, then they must provide me the names of those who will be present, the procedure that will be adopted, if I can be represented by a lawyer, and if I am permitted to bring my officers along," he added.

Met later by reporters at the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam after an event that was also attended by the Sultan of Selangor, Khalid said he would wait for a reply on his request to postpone his hearing.

Asked whether he had discussed the latest political development in the state with the Sultan, Khalid said he had not.

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