‘Mat Taib sulking because son-in-law not picked’

A group claims the ex-Selangor MB wants to quit Umno as a sign of protest because the party had not shortlisted his son-in-law as a candidate in Seri Setia. 

K Pragalath, FMT

The reason former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib is thinking of quitting Umno is because his son-in-law Ahmad Affandi Hamzah was not given the Seri Setia state seat.

A group calling it self Tolak Individu Bernama Anwar Ibrahim (TIBAI ) said Taib wants to quit Umno as a sign of protest because of that.

Ahmad Affandi is currently the Kelana Jaya Umno division’s Youth leader and he was favoured to contest the Seri Setia state seat which is held by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad of PKR.

Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia, quoted TIBAI spiritual adviser Muhammad Zahid Md Arip as saying: “We hope he is not obsessed with his son-in-law’s political career because Ahmad Affandi is still young.”

“We also hope that Muhammad does not want to quit Umno simply because his son-in-law was not chosen as a candidate. Don’t be childish in blackmailing the [Umno] leadership.”

Speculations over Muhammad’s shift from Umno to PAS surfaced last week after Bukit Gantang MP and former Perak menteri besar Nizar Jamaluddin made the revelation. PAS has, however, confirmed that the party had not received any application form from Muhammad.

Muhammad, also known as Mat Taib, joined Umno in 1964. He was Selangor Menteri Besar from 1986 to 1997. He has been Batang Kali state legislative assemblyman for four terms since 1982.

In the Selangor list announced by state BN leader Najib Tun Razak today, the Seri Setia state seat was allocated to Tengku Rethwan Tengku Mansor.

Meanwhile in an analysis, Utusan Malaysia also speculated that PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub and Johor PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat are contesting both the parliamentary and state seats due to fear of being defeated.