Petaling Jaya – Despite a show cause letter issued to Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Khalid Ibrahim by his own party PKR, the PAS Syura Council has said in no uncertain terms that they are backing Khalid as the MB until the end of his term.
This news comes days ahead of an all-important PAS leadership meeting on Sunday August 10, specifically being held to discuss the sacking of Khalid and his replacement of Dr.Wan Azizah as the new Selangor MB.
This being so, the top council of clerics did say they would be more than willing to re-assess their decision if Khalid was prosecuted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or the courts and found guilty of any corrupt or suspicious dealings.
In a joint statement, spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and his deputy Dr. Harun Din said, “The position of the Selangor Menteri Besar is a joint right agreed by all three component parties that Khalid stays on as the Selangor Menteri Besar for a second term after the 13th General Election.”
They said that as long as the MB was not charged with violating his trust, the PAS Syura Council had no qualms about Khalid staying on as the MB.
Khalid himself has stood firm that he wants to continue as the MB as he was committed to serving the people till the end of his term.
He has also maintained that he is free of any wrongdoing despite numerous allegations to the contrary brought by his own people from within his party.
The PAS Syura Council’s firm decision of backing Khalid will now most likely dictate the outcome of the August 10 meeting, since this is a higher body than the party’s central executive committee.