I’m not a bad man, says Selangor MB, pledging support for PH

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari at a press conference held at his official residence today, together with the assemblymen who support him.

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari today pledged his support for Pakatan Harapan (PH), saying it has sufficient numbers to remain the majority in the state.

He said 43 state assemblymen had pledged their support while only 13 are with the opposition, comprising independents and those from Umno, PAS and PPBM.

“I am a party man, not a bad man,” he said in a press conference at his official residence here.

“The MB rules based on support from the state assemblymen.”

The press conference was held in the wake of the recent political turmoil triggered by the shocked resignation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong then appointed Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister on Feb 29, amid questions about the kind of support he could muster from the 222 MPs.

“We want to reiterate that PKR, DAP, Amanah in the state have agreed to honour the mandate given by the people during GE14 and we will continue under PH.”

He said PH leaders are also upholding the Sultan of Selangor’s order for continued stability and unity in the state and to serve the people well.

Amirudin said after the change in the country’s leadership, the political dynamics of Selangor had changed as all five PPBM state leaders will now be in the opposition in the state assembly.

State allocations for PPBM state leaders will also be frozen, he added.

Other PPBM appointees at all levels of the state government, from the exco members to village chiefs, will also be cancelled.

“They will be removed in stages.”

Amirudin said allocations to two former PKR representatives have also been frozen.

These two are former menteri besar Azmin Ali and Gombak Setia assemblyman Hilman Idham.

Amirudin declined to reveal details on the new state executive members, saying the list needed to be conveyed to the Sultan first.

Asked on speculation that efforts are under way to remove him as the Selangor menteri besar through statutory declarations, he said: “Such rumours are going on but the majority of state assemblymen are still with me.

“As far as I’m concerned, I have a clear commitment from DAP, Amanah and PKR leaders,” he said.

He hoped the federal government will have a professional relationship with the state government, without exerting undue pressure or acting irresponsibly.

“PH had proven over the past 22 months that we had not sidelined any states,” he said, hoping that Muhyiddin can guarantee a clean government without reverting to “the old BN way of being a bully”.