Step 2: Khalid keeps PAS exco, sacks rest
Pakatan Rakyat govt crumbles
Khalid Ibrahim used his powers to wield the axe on his executive council this evening, on the eve of the weekly Exco meeting usually held on Wednesdays. He retained four councillors who are members of Parti Islam and sacked five from PKR and DAP.
It marked the end of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition government, comprising PKR, DAP and PAS — and potentially the beginning of a PAS-Umno coalition. That will depend on decisions to be reached by PAS leaders on Aug 17.
Khalid’s sacking of the five was greeted with some disbelief. For example, the DAP’s Teresa Kok, MP for Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur, remarked on Facebook: “I didn’t expect this move come from this “nice guy” MB :-(( ……sigh”
Executive Councillors are appointed by the menteri besar and serve at the pleasure of the Sultan: they can be removed by the ruler on the Menteri Besar’s advice at any time.
The executive council is the state Cabinet and carries out the executive functions of the state government through various portfolios. The constitution provides for a minimum of four members of the Exco and a maximum of 10.
Khalid said he had advised the Sultan on terminating the
six councillors; letters from the palace had been sent to them. It was later learnt that he had not sent a termination letter to Rodziah Ismail (PKR) as she is out of the country.
The decision to remove the five comes as no surprise.
PAS had expressed willingness to serve in a Khalid government, with the possibility of teaming up with Barisan Nasional members to form a majority in the state assembly. The party leadership will meet on Aug 17 to decide the party’s stand and its position in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
This morning Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi of PAS met Khalid to discuss running the government without the DAP and PKR councillors. He said the party had decided the four Exco members should not resign their portfolios.
Khalid had said yesterday that executive councillors who could not work with him should resign. He had asked to meet with them individually but in response, DAP and PKR councillors had jointly said they would not do so except on official business.
The DAP’s Teng Chang Khim, who said earlier today that he had received no instructions to resign, was busy at work as usual. “I have attended two meetings so far in the day and I have to take a break; I have another three to go to after lunch,” he told reporters earlier in the day.
This evening, DAP leader Lim Guan Eng said that Khalid’s move was shocking while Tony Pua, MP for PJ Utara, termed it a “coup d’etat”.
Leaders of PKR and DAP met this evening to discuss the latest developments and their plans.