Liow: Let people decide on Selangor

Giving and receiving: Wee receiving a gift of appreciation from GD Group founder Datuk Yeat Sew Chuong after the signing ceremony at Bankers Club.

BENTONG: Selangor Pakatan Rakyat should dissolve the state assembly and return power to the people to decide who should lead the state, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said Pakatan should do this since it could not resolve the issue on who should be the mentri besar.

"Let the people decide who they want in power next," he said after launching a new building of the MCA branch in Bentong yesterday.

PKR wants Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to step down to be replaced by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, but Khalid has refused to budge.

PKR's decision has received support except from PAS leaders who have come out in defence of Khalid.

Liow said the power struggle within Pakatan appeared as though PAS would have the last say, and not DAP or PKR.

Pakatan had not been able to resolve the power struggle, the hudud issue or decide on its own shadow cabinet because the members had their own agenda to pursue rather than the people's agenda, he said.

In KUALA LUMPUR, MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong questioned PKR's move to make public Khalid's so-called wrongdoings now, saying it smelled of an agenda.

"I am shocked that PKR has resorted to washing dirty linen in public.

"If it assumes that people enjoy (strategic director) Rafizi Ramli's story (on Khalid's alleged wrongdoings), the party better think again.

"I don't think people are amused," he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a joint venture agreement between GD Development Sdn Bhd and its Chinese partners Fugland Group, Debao Group and Suzhou Zhengyuan Landscape Group to develop Green Beverly Hills Phase 2 in Nilai.

Dr Wee said since all the three Pakatan parties were represented in the state government, Khalid's actions and decisions on state matters, including on the alleged land deal for which he was now being blamed for, could have been "checked" especially by the executive councillors.

"(Are you) telling the people that there was only one person in charge of the state for the past six years and now you are putting the all blame on him," he added.

Dr Wee said unlike what was happening in Selangor's Pakatan-led government, Barisan Nasional would never resort to airing its disagreements in public.

"It is normal to disagree.

"You cannot have all the 13 Barisan partners to agree all the time but we will not wash our dirty linen in public," he said, adding that the coalition's culture was to discuss matters "frankly and openly behind closed doors".