PKR’s dossier questionable
PETALING JAYA: PKR’s dossier lists down the reasons why Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim needs to be ousted and highlights the questionable decisions he has made. Basically, the document does not give evidence of corruption, but merely a list of suspicions.
In short, PKR is not sure whether Khalid is honest or not and because of this he must be considered guilty and sacked from his job. Do Khalid’s accusers have enough evidence to lodge a report with the police or MACC so that he can be arrested and charged? Actually no. But when you are Menteri Besar, no evidence is needed, it seems. Mere suspicion is good enough.
This violates one of the basic principles that Pakatan Rakyat and PKR are supposed to hold to. And that is the prime reason why PAS leaders Abdul Hadi Awang and Nik Aziz Nik Mat do not support the move to oust Khalid. They both consider it extremely unIslamic to punish someone over a suspicion.
One of the reasons cited for Khalid’s loss of suitability to continue as Menteri Besar is poor management of garbage collection, which by the way has nothing to do with abuse of power or corruption by Khalid. Actually this is a problem specific to Kajang, which is represented in the state assembly by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The fault lies with the Kajang local council rather than the Menteri Besar’s office.
Dr Wan Azizah could not resolve the matter; so she passed the problem to the state to handle, which it is doing, as reported in Selangorku.com
As for the water deal, it appears that the matter is also aboveboard and there is no hanky-panky behind what happened. In fact, the deal had already been earlier approved by the State Executive Council, as confirmed by one of its members, Teng Chang Khim of DAP.
Regarding the Tropicana and Eco World issue, this has already been addressed in the article “Why is DAP siding with PKR to replace MB Khalid?” which can be read here. It appears from this article that Khalid, instead of being guilty of a corrupt act, intervened to prevent it.
Anyway, the Eco World purchase from Tropicana was on March 20, 2014 and the Eco World Rumah SelangorKu launch was on February 22, 2014. Note that the Kajang Move was planned around three months after the May 2013 general election and launched in January 2014.
Finally we have the Bank Islam issue. Are they saying that Bank Islam is corrupt? Are they saying that Bank Islam did an illegal deal with Khalid? In what way did this happen?
This allegation actually hurts Bank Islam more than it hurts Khalid. One wonders whether Bank Islam will keep an elegant silence, which could be interpreted as an admission of guilt.
Roslan Bistamam is a FMT columnist