Umno committed treason in 1993, says Khalid

(The Malaysian Insider) – The Selangor government’s proposed changes to the state constitution are not only to resolve the state secretary impasse but “to right a wrong”, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said tonight.

The Selangor mentri besar said it was not right that the Selangor Sultan had his powers taken away by Umno in order to cement federal power over the state during the 1993 constitutional crisis.

“Umno was the one who took the powers away … but when we informed the Sultan that he did not have powers (of appointment), we were told not to act in a treasonous manner,” he said during a rally at Stadium Malawati here.

“Who committed treason? In 1993, they (Umno) had already committed treason.”

Khalid reiterated that the Selangor government would be making several resolutions later this month to ensure the power of appointment returns to the Sultan and state government.

He also dared Umno to object to the proposed constitutional amendments.

“We will see their true colours, if they really support the Sultan,” he said to cheers from the crowd.

Khalid added that “the drama will continue” until the power to appoint senior officers was returned to the state.

The country’s richest state has been in turmoil in recent weeks since the Chief Secretary to the federal government named Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi to the post to replace outgoing state secretary Datuk Ramli Mahmud.