PETALING JAYA - PKR has sacked Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from the party for his refusal to vacate his Selangor Mentri Besar post.
The decision came after Khalid did not to turn up to face a disciplinary hearing, as ordered by PKR disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong by noon yesterday.
Dr Tan said PKR's leadership had unanimously decided to sack Khalid with immediate effect for openly defying the party's orders.
Khalid responded to his sacking by saying that it was "flawed and illegal" but he acknowledged the decision.
He said he would seek an audience with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, to inform him of this latest development and listen to any views that the ruler might have to share.
"Until such a time as this issue is resolved in accordance with proper procedures, laws and conventions, particularly in the Selangor Constitution, I will continue to perform my duty to the people as the Mentri Besar of Selangor to the best of my ability," he said in a statement issued at 8pm.
During the announcement made about two hours earlier, Dr Tan told a packed news conference that Khalid had failed to adhere to the decision made by the leadership on July 21 that he relinquishes his post to make way for party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
"Having taken into consideration Khalid's reply to the show-cause letter issued to him, we feel that he is no longer abiding by party decisions and as such, can no longer be part of the party.
"Khalid had defied decisions by the Pakatan Rakyat presidential council on several state issues and failed to provide timely explanations to these issues," Dr Tan said.
The issues included the discussion on the Langat 2 project, which Pakatan leaders wanted to delay, the restructuring of the state's water industry and the construction of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).