Khalid sacks five exco members

Khalid sacks five exco members

SHAH ALAM - The Pakatan Rakyat government has collapsed in Selangor after an embattled Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim sacked five state executive councillors from his former party and DAP.

Termination letters were issued to the five after Khalid obtained the consent from Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to first remove two PKR and three DAP representatives in the state exco line-up.

They are Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan) and Dr Daroyah Alwi (Sementa), both from PKR, as well as DAP representatives Datuk Teng Chang Khim (Sungai Pinang), V. Ganabatirau (Kota Alam Shah) and Ean Yong Hian Wah (Seri Kembangan).

However, he has yet to request for the sacking of third PKR exco member Rodziah Ismail, who is overseas.

There is speculation that Rodziah, the Batu Tiga representative, may throw her support behind Khalid. Efforts to contact her have been unsuccessful.

Khalid wrote to the Selangor ­palace after the state exco members from PKR and DAP jointly issued a statement yesterday that they regarded the Mentri Besar as holding his post merely in a "transitional" capacity before a new mentri besar is named to take his place.

They said they respected the decision by the Sultan of Selangor to allow Khalid to continue as mentri besar, but he and the state exco cannot make any decision without a proper voting process.

They will continue to attend the weekly state exco meetings, but will avoid any discussion with Khalid at any other time.

The PKR disciplinary board had sacked Khalid on Aug 10 for refusing to toe the party line of putting party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new MB to replace him.

The state exco also comprises four representatives from PAS - Iskandar Samad (Cempaka), Sallehen Mukhyi (Sabak), Dr Halimah Ali (Selat Klang) and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (Sijangkang).

The four PAS exco members will stay in their positions after their party leadership instructed them to continue supporting Khalid as mentri besar.

Khalid had earlier indicated that the state executive council could still run the government because he had a quorum of five, including himself and the four PAS exco members.

He also said that according to Article 53 (2)(b) of the state constitution, the executive council could have between a minimum of four and up to a maximum of 10 members.

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