Lucrative perks allegedly offered to Selangor Mentri Besar for quitting

Lucrative perks allegedly offered to Selangor Mentri Besar  for quitting
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left), leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), a Malaysian opposition party, with party member Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar of Selangor, at a press conference on Selangor issues in Petaling Jaya, on 28 January 2014.

PETALING JAYA - Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has allegedly been offered lucrative incentives aside from an appointment as state economic adviser if he steps down as Selangor Mentri Besar and hands the position to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The perks, which allow him privileges equal to that of being a mentri besar and a monthly allowance of RM50,000(S$20,000), are outlined in a letter dated Aug 5 allegedly from PKR headquarters.

It claimed that the PKR central leadership decided to offer Khalid the incentives as a means of seeking a "peaceful resolution" to the mentri besar crisis.

It stated that if Khalid agreed to be replaced by Dr Wan Azizah, the party was willing to "close an eye" to his alleged failings that were revealed in an extensive dossier yesterday.

"All your political and financial wrongdoings will be closed and no further reports or investigations will be carried out," said the letter that was addressed to the mentri besar.

The letter, which was widely circulated on social media, said on top of being appointed state economic adviser and enjoying privileges equal to that of a mentri besar, Khalid would be made chairman of the Selangor water restructuring committee.

However, PKR denied that it has issued such a letter to Khalid while the mentri besar's office said they never received a letter of that sort from the party's central leadership.

Party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Ismail, whose signature is on the letter that bears the PKR letterhead, denied that PKR had made such offers to Khalid, who is the party treasurer-general.

Saifuddin denounced the letter as a fake.

"I can confirm it is a fake. It is not true that I signed the letter with those offers to Khalid," he said.

Meanwhile, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said whoever produced the offer letter had "ill intentions".

"It is clearly an attempt to damage the party's efforts to resolve the crisis," he said.

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