RULER: KEEP STA­TUS QUO

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din agrees to MB’s wish to re­tain 3 Pas reps in exco

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SU­LAIMAN JAA­FAR AND DAWN CHAN KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

PAS three ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors in the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment will re­tain their posts. In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah said he agreed with Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali that the state’s exco line-up be main­tained.

The sul­tan said he was re­cently briefed by Azmin on the mat­ter.

Se­lan­gor Pas com­mis­sioner Salle­hen Mukhyi also had an au­di­ence with the sul­tan, ac­com­pa­nied by the three exco mem­bers — Iskan­dar Ab­dul Sa­mad, Zaidy Ab­dul Talib and Ahmad Yunus Hairi.

“Sul­tan Shara­fud­din was con­fi­dent that the trust gar­nered by Azmin dur­ing his elec­tion as men­teri be­sar in Septem­ber 2014 still re­mains.

“Af­ter con­sid­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially in terms of the sta­bil­ity of the Se­lan­gor state ad­min­is­tra­tion in en­sur­ing the peo­ple’s wel­fare, Sul­tan Shara­fud­din agreed with Azmin’s wish to re­tain the three Pas state as­sem­bly­men as Se­lan­gor ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors.

“This, he said, was un­til the date of the next gen­eral elec­tion,” read the state­ment.

Pas and PKR re­la­tions ended af­ter the Is­lamic party de­cided to end its tahaluf siyasi or po­lit­i­cal co-op­er­a­tion at its muk­ta­mar in Kedah last month and this was en­dorsed by its Syura coun­cil re­cently.

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din said the de­ci­sion to main­tain the sta­tus quo was made af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the man­date given to the state gov­ern­ment by the peo­ple of Se­lan­gor.

“Sul­tan Shara­fud­din also urged all quar­ters to re­frain from hav­ing neg­a­tive spec­u­la­tions about the sta­bil­ity of the Se­lan­gor state gov­ern­ment.

“He hoped that for the up­com­ing holy month of Ra­madan, the rakyat, es­pe­cially Mus­lims in Se­lan­gor, would fo­cus their prepa­ra­tions in in­creas­ing faith in their re­li­gious du­ties and avoid in­volve­ment in slan­der­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Pas sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san, in thank­ing the sul­tan for the de­ci­sion, said it had al­ways been the party’s stand that the man­date given by the peo­ple to its 15 state as­sem­bly­men in Se­lan­gor, of which two have since switched to Parti Amanah Ne­gara, was un­til the 14the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Takiyud­din also said the party’s re­la­tion­ship with Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat (PKR) was dif­fer­ent as it was a po­lit­i­cal one.

“In Ke­lan­tan, PKR mem­bers who were ap­pointed to posts in the state gov­ern­ment were re­tained and not sacked. How­ever, if they chose to re­sign, then is a dif­fer­ent mat­ter,” he said.

In thank­ing the sul­tan, Salle­hen in a state­ment said Pas ad­hered to a pol­icy of putting the peo­ple first and en­sur­ing the state’s po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity.

Salle­hen added that since the peo­ple man­dated the Pakatan Rakyat gov­ern­ment in May 2013, Se­lan­gor Pas had been loyal and stood firm with all the men­teri be­sars cho­sen by Sul­tan Shara­fud­din, from Tan Seri Ab­dul Khalid Ibrahim and now Azmin.

Mean­while, Iskan­dar said he hoped the state­ment by Sul­tan Shara­fud­din would put an end to spec­u­la­tion.

“The exco mem­bers can now fo­cus on their re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the wel­fare of the peo­ple of Se­lan­gor is be­ing taken care of and the de­vel­op­ment of the state will con­tinue un­hin­dered,” he said.

Echo­ing Iskan­dar was Zaidy, who called for mis­per­cep­tion and neg­a­tive thoughts to end. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Aina Nasa

PIC BY ROSLIN MAT TAHIR

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah says the de­ci­sion to main­tain the sta­tus quo was made af­ter con­sid­er­ing the man­date given to the state gov­ern­ment by the peo­ple of Se­lan­gor.

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