Sunday, August 24, 2014

Khalid Ibrahim To Play His Last Card

Khalid Ibrahim is partyless and yet, his obstinancy shows very lucidly because he has so far refused to step down from the Selangor Menteri Besar position. In fact, he is thumbing his nose at Anwar Ibrahim and his former party. He knows that nobody can do anything about it! 

That is the joke he played on Selangor! This buffoon can run circles around Pakatan Rakyat and he is having the last laugh. At least for now. 

To demonstrate that he can act with impunity, he sacked all six state executive councilors from PKR and DAP, purportedly for refusing to cooperate with him. Only the four PAS members remain in their jobs. The Selangor Sultan had even consented to this, Khalid had alleged. 

After much dithering, PAS threw their support behind PR – they re-affirmed their commitment to remain loyal to Pakatan Rakyat. 

What a relief to see the coalition rise above the Selangor debacle. Khalid had said he accepted PAS’ decision not to back him and to allow the party’s state executive councilors to continue in their position until further developments. Meaning, he will not resign from his post and he will wait for the Sultan to make a decision. What a cop-out! 

Even though he knows his time is up but I expect him to play his last card, i.e. to persuade the Sultan to call for snap elections. Unfortunately, the embattled Menteri Besar still has the authority to request for a dissolution of the 56-member Selangor Legislative Assembly. 

This despicable rascal is getting the Sultan involved in this political imbroglio – he is seeking an audience with the Sultan of Selangor presumably to ‘advise’ the Ruler on the next course of action. He is deluding himself that the Sultan will listen to his advice. 

I reckon this will give him some satisfaction when PR lose seats – even if they manage to hang onto Selangor. He must be hoping that Selangor folks will blame PR for the fiasco that they have to endure all this while and punish the coalition by inflicting some heavy damage. 

PR must work hard to overcome the political and management fallout in Selangor. Both PKR and DAP have shown their naiveté and some powerful elements in PAS are showing themselves to be snakes in the grass. 

At the end of the day, Selangor voters must do what is right – believe in PR and show once again that we will remain steadfast with them, come what may. 

At the Malaysian Open semi-final on Friday, Nicol David could not advance to the finals. She lost to Egypt’s third seed Raneem El Welily 11-7, 6-11, 8-11 and 11-13.

A day earlier, she had beaten Asian rival, Hong Kong’s Annie Au 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 in 38 minutes. 

David’s other compatriot, sixth seed Low Wee Wern was stopped in the second round. Strapping six-footer Sarah-Jane Perry knocked her out 11-3, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9 on Wednesday. 

On Saturday, Inverness stayed top of the Scottish Premiership after inflicting Celtic's first league defeat of the campaign. Thanks to an own goal by Eoghan O'Connell in the sixty-fifth minute when the defender ricocheted the ball into the Celtic net following a Lukasz Zaluska save – which he could only parry.

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