KLANG: There is a strong
possibility that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali will be
nominated by his party as the new Selangor Mentri Besar
to replace incumbent Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
“There is no doubt about it anymore. We are going to get
what we want, which is to get Azmin to replace Khalid,”
said a senior PKR member who is also an assemblyman in
He added there was a big rift in the party currently as
about two-thirds of its members wanted Azmin rather than
party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as
He claimed Selangor PKR and the leadership of eight
other states had asked the party to submit Azmin’s name
together with Dr Wan Azizah’s as Khalid’s replacement,
but it was rejected by several top PKR leaders and their
The source said the relevant leaders submitted only one
name because they knew if they submitted Azmin’s name as
well, it is likely that Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
would choose him over Dr Wan Azizah.
He added these same leaders had also refused to submit
Azmin’s name together with Khalid’s to the Sultan after
the conclusion of the 13th general election last year.
National Council of Professors political cluster head
Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak Khalid (pic)
opined that Azmin’s chances of becoming Mentri Besar
“There is already widespread
speculation that Azmin will be recommended as the next
Mentri Besar if PAS accepts the move to replace Khalid,”
said Mohamed Mustafa.
PAS, which is steadfast in refusing to endorse Dr Wan
Azizah as Khalid’s replacement, is scheduled to meet
today to decide whether the party would continue
If PAS leaders agree to Khalid being replaced, Pakatan
Rakyat sources said Azmin as well as Ijok assemblyman Dr
Idris Ahmad would be proposed as alternatives.
However, Mohamed Mustafa added that should Azmin be
selected, Khalid would call for snap elections.
“But if it’s Dr Idris, Khalid could be persuaded not to
do so,” said Mohamed Mustafa.
Meanwhile, a Pakatan assemblyman who declined to be
named said the sad reality was that there was no one
else in PKR other than Azmin and Dr Idris who could be
proposed as Khalid’s replacement.
“Actually, only Azmin has the political acumen,
experience and charisma to be Mentri Besar,” said the
USM political scientist Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan
Pandian concurred that there was high probability that
Azmin would be named the next Mentri Besar if his name
was proposed by PAS.
Sivamurugan said the Selangor Ruler could emulate the
late Sultan Azlan Shah’s handling of the 2009 Perak
crisis by speaking to the assemblymen to find out who
they really supported.
“There could be two or three PKR assemblymen who are
silently supporting Khalid, and it would also be known
after the PAS meeting if its two assemblymen (Saari
Sungib and Hasnul Baharuddin) still insist on supporting
Dr Wan Azizah, or have made a U-turn,” he added.
Source: The Star Online, 17 August, 2014