Selangor govt to hold emergency session of assembly

(Bernama) — The Selangor government is planning an emergency session of the assembly to amend the state constitution so that it can take back the power to appoint the top three civil servants.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today the Selangor government wants to reclaim from the federal government the power to appoint the state secretary, financial officer, and legal adviser.

He told reporters that he will inform assembly speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim about the session today, but did not mention any date.

Abdul Khalid met Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah this morning who expressed the view that he (the Sultan) did not have the power to “accept or reject” candidates forwarded by the Public Service Commission.

Abdul Khalid said the power went to the federal government in 1993 after the constitutional crisis and the Selangor constitution was amended accordingly.

Abdul Khalid said the Sultan had suggested that the state government hold discussions with the commission to find an amicable solution.

“Therefore, for the good of Selangor and in honour of the Sultan, the state government will write to the commission to discuss again candidates who are qualified, suitable and capable for the post (of State secretary),” he said.

Until a final settlement is achieved, Abdul Khalid said, the state government does not want to be involved in any function or celebration connected with the post of state secretary.

“This means that the oath-taking ceremony before the Mentri Besar will not be held and Datuk Mohamed Khusrin Munawi (the new state secretary) will not attend any meeting of the state executive council and the state economic action council,” he added.

According to earlier reports, Khusrin would take his oath of office as state secretary before the Sultan at Istana Kayangan on Thursday.