Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has put himself beyond the pale of an honest, decent, principled and respected Pakatan Rakyat political leader when he is prepared to join forces with the darkest forces in the country which would not spare any scruples to destroy the people’s aspirations for change when he enlisted the support of the Registrar of Societies by filing a complaint over the manner of his sacking, threatening the deregistration of PKR.
However, Khalid’s clinging on as Selangor Mentri Besar although he has lost majority support in the Selangor State Assembly is different and separate from his expulsion as member of PKR and these two issues should not be linked at all.
Khalid is entitled to exhaust all avenues and resources with his team of lawyers and advisers to challenge his expulsion from PKR, whether through the party processes or the courts but he has crossed the Rubicorn when he initiated an action which could lead to the deregistration of PKR.
I can understand and share the outrage of the Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah at her “disgust” over such an action.
Be that as it may, the issue of Khalid’s expulsion from the PKR, whether it is valid or otherwise, is totally unconnected to the issue of the Selangor Mentri Besar – which is whether Khalid has lost the majority support in the Selangor State Assembly.
Surely, no one is suggesting that even if Khalid is reinstated as a PKR member, he would be able to restore majority support in the Selangor State Assembly.
Immediately after Khalid’s expulsion from PKR on August 9, there was no moment in the past eight days that Khalid had ever commanded the majority support in the Selangor State Assembly.
Khalid has been throwing up a lot of red herrings, as in claiming that there is no Pakatan Rakyat Selangor state government after he had spoken and acted in the name of the PR Selangor State Government both inside and outside the Selangor State Assembly in the past six years or that it would be inconsistent for Pakatan Rakyat to use statutory declarations (SDs) to oust Khalid as Mentri Besar when PR was the one opposing to such a move when BN took over Perak in 2009.
But why is Khalid falsely and dishonestly claiming to have majority support in the State Assembly when it is clear since his expulsion from PKR on August 9 that he had lost such majority support, why has he misled the Selangor Sultan on August 11 that he still commanded such majority and finally, why is he not prepared to convene an emergency meeting of the State Assembly for a vote on a confidence motion to be taken in the State Assembly?