Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mentri Besar - Horses’ Mouths – 23 July 2014

PAS agrees to a change in leadership in Selangor but the (MB) candidate was not decided, despite the fact that we had discussed it at the Pakatan secretariat meeting before. The candidate was never discussed in the leadership council meetings, even though there is a consensus for a smooth and orderly transition of power.

Anwar Ibrahim, PKR de facto leader, proposing his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Khalid Ibrahim’s replacement for the Selangor Menteri Besar post

I respect the political decision of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in fielding party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the candidate for mentri besar. However, I strictly stand by the state constitution which stipulates specific procedures for the appointment or replacement of the Mentri Besar. I believe that those involved in this effort must go through those processes before achieving their end goals.

Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor Menteri Besar

However, if Khalid refuses to resign then neither Anwar nor the Sultan can do anything about it. The Sultan cannot sack Khalid. And neither can Anwar. Khalid will have to resign and if he does not want to resign then Anwar will have to launch Plan B. Plan B would be to table a vote of no confidence in the Selangor State Assembly.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Malaysia Today owner, predicting what would happen in Selangor in Khalid Ibrahim refused his party’s directive to resign as Selangor Menteri Besar

During our previous meetings we have made the decision to stand behind Khalid in this crisis. We have also expressed that we never agreed to the proposal of replacing him in the first place.

Iskandar Abdul Samad, Selangor PAS commissioner, on PKR’s decision to replace Khalid Ibrahim with its president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar

Selangor PAS’s decision in disagreeing with Wan Azizah’s appointment does not affect DAP’s stance in supporting this decision. DAP is firm that we will only give our full support to two Menteri Besar candidates, namely Wan Azizah or PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Tony Pua, Selangor DAP chairman


The agreement with Borodai was to bring an end to the standoff over the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Our agreement rests on three conditions, namely the return of the victims' remains, the handover of the flight recorder and full access to the crash site so that investigations can begin.

Najib Razak, Prime Minister, on the agreement he sealed with the rebel leader Alexander Borodai, the self-styled Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic

Malaysians must remain united as one people on the MH17 disaster, continue to give full backing to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the government to demand 'swift justice' against the perpetrators of the crime against humanity.

Lim Kit Siang, DAP advisor, commending Prime Minister Najib Razak for securing the release of the two black boxes of Malaysia Airlines MH17 which went down in Ukraine on Thursday

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