Thursday, December 30, 2010

Red Alert in Selangor

The appointment of hostile Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the Selangor state secretary without first consulting Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim is a violation of the spirit of the state constitution, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang claimed today. Worse, Putrajaya should not have involved the Sultan in the appointment of the state secretary as there is equally no mention in the state constitution that the Sultan must first be informed of the appointment nor that any royal consent is needed

I certainly agree with Lim that Chief Secretary to the Government Sidek Hassan should have been extra careful in appointing the “most unpopular officer” to work with the state Pakatan Rakyat government. “The Chief Secretary, who has been delegated the constitutional task to make the appointment, should be mindful of the different political coalitions running the federal and Selangor state governments and the importance of ensuring an appointee who could work as a bridge-builder or at least not seen as inimical to the Selangor state government interests vis-à-vis the federal government,” said Lim. It just shows that this Federal authority has scant respect for the concept of federalism. Lim is right when he said that “constitutional convention” of consulting the MB on the appointment should have been observed, stressing that the “healthy growth” of federal-state relations could be well affected by these series of developments

And Selangor citizens should worry because if we can recall the Perak coup d'etat, what is happening to Selangor now presents a strong possibility of a repeat of this shameful debacle. In Perak's case, the PR government was brought down not through a vote of no confidence or elections but through the state secretary who had asked the MB and his executive councillors to vacate their office and make use of the police FRU to barricade the state administrative building.
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Supporters of both the Reds and the Gunners should be justifiably disappointed with the outcomes of the two EPL matches – Wolves beat Liverpool 1-0 and Wigan held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw, both teams dropping precious points they can ill-afford to lose. As for Roy Hodgson, to lose to the league's basement club is really embarrassing. It's time he gets the sack – he has done zilch to inspire the team!

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