Khalid Samad claims of plot to oust Selangor MB

(The Malaysian Insider) – Shah Alam MP Khalid has alleged that several religious authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are conspiring to topple Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

The PAS leader claimed that the groups, including the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) chairman Datuk Setia Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa, several Islamic NGOs and representatives from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, held a secret meeting last month to discuss a plan aimed at unseating the first-term state leader.

The move, he alleged, was planned following Jais’ controversial raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Petaling Jaya on August 3.

“They discussed handing over a memorandum to the Selangor Sultan, attacking the mentri besar on this issue of Christianisation.

“It looks like an effort to topple him. It is hoped that none of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state executive councillors, especially those from PAS, were involved,” he wrote in his blog last night.

When contacted by The Malaysian Insider, however, Khalid said he was unsure of the specific date of the meeting but claimed that prior to Election 2008, the religious authorities hardly interfered in the then Barisan Nasional (BN) state government’s administration.

“But in the era of a welfare-oriented mentri besar (Khalid Ibrahim), one who is clean of corruption and prioritises the people, any excuse is used to blast the mentri besar.

“There are those who are beginning to ask, ‘why was there silence before and now they are making noise?’ Then there are those who say that before they got a slice but now they do not even get dust… so that is why they are all chaotic now,” he said.

In his entry, Khalid also accused Umno of exploiting the palace’s name for BN’s political interest.

He said during BN’s reign in Selangor, news involving the Sultan was rarely publicised save for those involving the palace’s customary functions.

“This is Umno’s behaviour. When they are no longer in demand, they bring the Sultan to the fore when before, they were the ones casting him out.

“What I am most concerned about is that the image of the palace and the Sultan will be tarnished if Umno-BN continues to drag them into politics,” he said.