Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Selangor palace: PKR, DAP's refusal to submit more than two names complicated situation

DAP and PKR’s reluctance to adhere to the Selangor palace’s request to nominate more than two names for the post of mentri besar complicated the situation and made it difficult for Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to make an appointment, said the Sultan’s private secretary.

“The Sultan has decided to appoint Azmin Ali as the new mentri besar. It has been the practice of the sultan to not waste time in appointing a new mentri besar, which is an important position in the Selangor government.

“However, the delay in naming the mentri besar this time occurred due to the internal conflict in PKR and also the misunderstanding between Pakatan Rakyat parties,” said Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani in a press statement, Tuesday.

He also said that statements made against the Sultan that the ruler was meddling into state administrative affairs were not true.

“Again I wish to reiterate that the Sultan did not meddle in state government affairs, and he only advised the mentri besar.

“The Sultan only acted according to the laws of the Selangor state constitution 1959,” the statement said.

Azmin Ali sworned in as the new Selangor Mentri Besar at 10.30am this morning.

The PKR deputy president received the surat watikah (letter of appointment) from the palace at about 3.30pm, Monday.

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