RPK points at Selangor MB over State Secretary issue

(The Star) – The Selangor Mentri Besar should take the blame for the controversy over the appointment of the State Secretary because he handed over the selection to his political secretary, without bothering to discuss the matter with the Sultan, said blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin.

Writing in his column ‘The Corridors of Power’, Raja Petra also accused Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim of not giving the matter prompt attention and there was a long delay in coming to a decision, resulting in the Federal Government stealing a march on the state government.

“He (Khalid) did not even bother to meet the Sultan to discuss this very important and sensitive issue to ensure that there are no hiccups.

“By the time the state had shortlisted the three candidates, the Federal Government had beaten the state government to the starting line by proposing its own candidate,” he said.

Raja Petra said the candidate chosen by the Federal Government and agreed to by the Sultan was an “enemy of Pakatan Rakyat” who had done many things in the past that “were not in favour of Pakatan”.

“Datuk Khusrin Munawi’s thorny relationship with the state government stemmed largely from his ban on speakers at mosques and surau without the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (Jais) permission, among others,” he said.

He said the most prominent case involved Jais’ decision to take legal action against former Perlis mufti Asri Zainal Abidin for giving a religious talk at a bungalow in Ampang last year.

Recently, he said Khusrin also issued a warning to the committee members of Surau al Ehsan, Gombak for inviting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, a renowned religious scholar, to a speaking function on Nov 22.