Selangor MB to seek Sultan’s view on dissolution

Amin Iskandar and Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will today discuss the possible dissolution of the state assembly during his weekly meeting with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, sources from his office have confirmed.

Khalid’s political secretary, Faekah Husin, told The Malaysian Insider that although the first-term mentri besar met with the Selangor Sultan every Wednesday before chairing the state executive council meeting, this morning’s discussion includes a discussion on the proposal to dissolve the state legislature ahead of federal polls.

“MB meets with Tuanku every Wednesday. I think [in this meeting], one of the agenda is the dissolution of the state assembly,” Faekah said in a message this morning.

When pressed for further details, however, she pointed out that she was not directly involved in the meeting.

Malay language daily Sinar Harian today reported rumours that Khalid may seek the Sultan’s consent for dissolution during this morning’s meet.

The paper also cited a confirmation from the Sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Munir Bani, that one of the matters to be discussed today will be the dissolution of the state assembly.

But The Malaysian Insider understands that Khalid only intends to seek the Sultan’s opinion on the matter and will not press for dissolution yet.

When contacted this morning, however, state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar said he has no knowledge of the mentri besar’s plans.

“No, we (the exco) do not know of this. MB meets every week with the Sultan before out exco meeting. He will brief us later on what happened during the meeting,” he said.