SEPANG: Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali was greeted at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) today by a crowd of supporters that included state assemblymen from Pakatan Harapan parties as well as PAS.
The show of support for the PKR deputy president, who was returning from a working trip to the Middle East, is most notable as the presence of the PAS assemblymen appeared to contradict speculation that they had gone against him, in light of the Islamist party’s recent muktamar (general assembly) where members endorsed the severing of ties with PKR.
Azmin was greeted at the KLIA’s VIP passageway shortly after 3pm by the assemblymen, who had started gathering from about 2.30pm. He was returning on an Emirates flight from Dubai, following his trip to the Middle East to meet Malaysian students.
The presence of the state assemblymen representing the Selangor coalition government was also indicative of the support for Azmin and contradicted rumours that had implicated some PKR reps as going against him.
Yesterday, PKR’s Batu Tiga rep, Rodziah Ismail, denied there was any truth to a social media message that listed her as being among a delegation of six assemblymen, who visited the Selangor royal palace to declare that they no longer supported Azmin as menteri besar of Selangor.
PKR’s Daroyah Ali (Sementa), Idris Ahmad (Ijok) and Yaakob Sapari (Kota Anggerik) were also named in the message.
Meanwhile, Azmin has denied rumours that some PKR assemblymen were leaving the party, saying he had full confidence that they were loyal to the state’s current leadership.
He also rejected any notion of a snap polls for Selangor, especially with the next general election (GE14) due by the middle of next year.
“This is all bad and irresponsible political provocation to jeopardise the stability of the Selangor state government.
“The deputy speaker is here. Ask him if there is going to be a snap election,” he told reporters, referring to Selangor state assembly deputy speaker Shafie Ngah, who is the PAS assemblyman for Bangi.
Azmin said Selangor reps were focused on the people’s welfare.
“I am pleased and confident with the Selangor assemblymen who have given their best to serve the public, and have always focused on their work instead of playing politics like our enemies,” he said.
If the PAS Syura Council approves the call made by delegates at the recent muktamar to sever ties with PKR, it could bring an end to the Islamist party’s involvement in all aspects of the state administration.
Such a scenario could also see PAS taking on PKR in multi-cornered fights in GE14.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said that PAS’ three state executive councillors should resign from their posts if their party confirmed an end to cooperation with PKR.
PKR currently has 12 reps in the Selangor state legislative assembly, while DAP has 15, Amanah (2), PAS (13), Barisan Nasional (12) and one independent.