Monday, May 13, 2013
Selangor Soap Opera Latest: Now PAS Members (Past and Present) are Offering Advice
The state PAS commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman is the latest to throw his name into the hat, despite his party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang already publicly backing his coalition 'ally' Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim for reappointment.
The PAS leader's word however has not been enough to put off junior members of the Islamist arm of Pakatan Rakyat, many of whom believe that the party should push for one of its own to take the spot – particularly given that PAS, like the DAP, took 15 seats in the state at GE13 compared to PKR's 14.
Selangor PAS Youth deputy chief Mohd Sany Hamzan said over the weekend that there had never been any consensus between the parties that that the post must be allocated to PKR.
PKR officials have taken a different approach, warning provocatively that DAP and PAS must not interfere in the process.
"I read in the newspapers that PAS and DAP wanted the Menteri Besar to be retained. Then Rani said he's ready to be the MB," Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said, neatly avoiding PKR's own Selangor crisis.
"I am wondering what is wrong with these people? This is Keadilan's seat. Why are they so eager to name themselves or someone for the post?"
The DAP has made no suggestion its own candidate should take the hot seat, with Secretary General Lim Guan Eng quoted as saying Khalid had their full backing.
However, the DAP's impatience that the matter is not yet resolved, and that PAS may even want a shot at the job is clearly a worry. Concern among the state's wealthy Chinese population is palpable.
Just in case Pakatan Rakyat needed another opinion on the matter, the former Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr Hasan Ali has dutifully stepped up to the plate.
"The people of Selangor, where the Malays are the majority, want a leader who is capable of developing the state in an Islamic way, just like in Kelantan and Kedah," he said.
Presumably the people inside PKR don't share quite the same view. In any case, they are too busy knifing each other.