Monday, May 20, 2013

Pakatan In-Fighting Continues in Selangor

Many things in politics change, but Pakatan Rakyat's civil wars are evergreen.
Selangor Pakatan Rakyat are once again in a mess. Mere days after the Menteri Besar battle exploded into public view, the parties are fighting over the composition of the state executive council. At GE13, Selangor DAP took 15 seats, PAS took 15, and PKR took 14. There are ten seats on the state's executive council, which does not break down proportionately.

So Selangor Pakatan entered into one of its traditionally convoluted deals for seat allocation on the exco, which according to the DAP's Tony Pua would have yielded his party four seats, and three for each of the remaining coalition partners (with PAS to name the state Speaker).
Instead, MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim apparently sent a letter to the Sultan of Selangor providing the proposed exco makeup, which would have PKR and the DAP get three seats each, PAS would get four, and the DAP would name the Speaker.

DAP leaders ran to Opposition-friendly portals to complain of their ill treatment, only to announce hours later that everything would be worked out by the time Khalid returned from treatment for an old leg injury.
Just weeks from GE13, Pakatan Rakyat cannot find the time to divide up its exco correctly. Khalid did, however, find the time to name Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take up his unofficial yet official position of state economic adviser again, a role he had largely abandoned in the lead-up to the general elections.
Someone also found the time to leak that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali would likely not be among those named to the exco, a position from which he tormented Khalid with some frequency between GE12 and GE13. This is a sign that in the eternal civil war inside of Keadilan, Khalid's faction is ascendant for now, and Azmin's is assuredly not.

Khalid was sanguine about the delays. "We want to do things correctly since we are dealing with three parties.
"Losing a week or so in our five-year term of government in order to sort out the exco line-up is not a big issue," he told reporters.

He may have a point. Before GE13, Pakatan Rakyat feuded in Selangor through the water crisis, the rubbish crisis and all of the other crises brought on by a state government more concerned with its own power struggles than good governance. There was no reason to believe that success at GE13 would change this, and it has not.

So Khalid is correct. Another week of delays and partisan warfare will not change how Selangor's government is run. That is how it has been run since the day he took over as MB five years ago.
And that is precisely what should concern him.

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