SHAH ALAM: Sungai Burong assemblyman Shamsudin Lias said he was not surprised that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had his honorary title of “Datuk Seri” revoked today as a result of his defiance of the Selangor Palace during the menteri besar saga that put the state in limbo for months.
“He caused Selangor more woes than good, from orchestrating the Kajang move and trying to get himself and then his wife appointed as MB … causing political chaos in the state to the point that other serious issues in Selangor were sidelined.
“The state was under the threat of a dengue epidemic, among other issues, but the focus was elsewhere,” lamented the state opposition assemblyman.
Shamsudin also said that Anwar should take the revocation of his honorary title by the state monarch as a “clear message and back out as Selangor’s economic advisor”.
He stressed that “it is not about titles, as we know he has three more similar titles from Penang, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah but about his integrity in Selangor that has been tainted following the MB issue involving Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim”.
“He (Anwar) should realise this, and not hold on to the state economic advisor post. Don’t wait for Selangorians to start voicing out their dissatisfaction,” said Shamsudin.
When asked by reporters about his views over the Sultan’s involvement in the state’s political matters, more so compared to other rulers, Shamsudin said that this only happened after Pakatan Rakyat took over Selangor.
“The MB issue was supposed to have been dealt with in the PR circle but they dragged the Palace in, unable to solve the issue within the party itself,” said Shamsudin.