Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Selangor MB Impasse

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The appointment of the Selangor Menteri Besar to replace Khalid Ibrahim is blanketed in cloak and dagger intrigue. This is because we have ceased to follow convention or the constitution. 

The Sultan of Selangor in his wisdom has decided he will act on his own volition by interviewing suitable candidates for the position of Menteri Besar. 

According to The Star yesterday, PKR’s Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was not part of the list of three who were called up for interviews with the Selangor Sultan – presumably over their potential to be the next chief executive of the country’s richest state. The English daily said the three were PAS state executive councilors Iskandar Samad and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, and PKR’s Azmin Ali. 

This is in spite Wan Azizah already commanding majority support from 30 state lawmakers (including two from PAS, i.e. Hulu Klang’s Saari Sungib and Morib’s Hasnul Baharauddin) in the 56-seat Selangor assembly. And if not for the Sultan’s intransigence, she would already be installed as Menteri Besar. 

I see UMNO’s hands in this. Very much like what happened in Perak. It looks like UMNO is hell-bent on perpetuating political instability in Selangor. If they can’t get the state back, they are willing to lead Selangor down the path to Hell! 

Unless HRH is steering Selangor back to the feudal era where the monarch holds the reins of absolute power? And why not? This is Malaysia, where there are endless possibilities! 

The last time I checked, we are still a democracy. Okay, maybe a quasi-democracy. The fact is, Wan Azizah should rightfully be the next MB if we respect the will of the people. And the will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any democratic government. 

Unless, as I have said, democracy is about to be purged. Now, that is a scary thought.

Liverpool suffered their third defeat in five EPL games this season as West Ham emerged victorious with a convincing 3-1 score. The latter scored through Winston Reid (2), Diafra Sakho (7) and Morgan Amalfitano (88). The Reds managed to pull one back through Raheem Sterling in the twenty-sixth minute. 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said his team played outstandingly well and really didn't let Liverpool play at all. 

That’s the price we have to pay for letting Luis Suarez go. And Brendan Rodgers must be held accountable. Didn’t I tell to sack him?

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