Big changes likely in Selangor

Dr Wan Azizah may be given an executive councillor's post.

PETALING JAYA - Major changes are expected to happen in the Pakatan Rakyat-ruled Selangor government following the victory of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the Kajang by-election, party insiders say.

A party source said "modifications" might also be made to keep PKR's Pakatan partners PAS and DAP happy.

He said Dr Wan Azizah may be given an executive councillor's post.

"Dr Daroyah Alwi would probably be asked to relinquish her state government post to make way for Dr Wan Azizah to get into the executive committee," he said yesterday.

First-term elected representative Dr Daroyah is Sementa assemblyman and exco member in charge of health, entrepreneurial development, technological science and innovation.

The source also said that three economic advisers, one each from PKR, DAP and PAS, would be appointed to replace Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

They are PKR strategist Rafizi Ramli, Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua and PAS research centre director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

He said this was to appease DAP and PAS as PKR needed their unequivocal support with the possibility of Anwar being jailed soon.

Anwar could not contest in Kajang after the Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal on sodomy charges and sentenced him to five years' jail.

The source said another possibility was that Dr Wan Azizah might have to relinquish her party president's post in favour of Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, because "while Khalid is 100 per cent behind Anwar, he is 150 per cent in support of Dr Wan Azizah".

"A party president also cannot be a mere exco member. So, she may step down for Khalid to vie for the top position in the upcoming PKR convention,'' he added.

It was reported earlier that the initial plan was for Anwar to take over as president while incumbent deputy president Azmin Ali and Khalid would slug it out for the number two position.

Universiti Sains Malaysia Social Science Studies Centre deputy dean Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian said Khalid would not have a smooth path to the president's post given that Anwar would have his way to the top.

"Azmin would also want a stab at the top position. Anwar also has the power to make the final decision even if he is in prison," he added.

Dr Sivamurugan said Azmin's rise to the PKR president's post would also depend on his level of influence on Anwar.