Khalid says Kajang survey favouring Anwar as MB not reliable

Khalid Ibrahim

(TMI) – Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has dismissed a recent survey by a think-tank attached with University of Malaya (UM), which found that Kajang voters were in favour of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim replacing him as the Selangor Menteri Besar.

“I respect the rights of the academics to conduct such survey but I don’t feel it represents the voters as a whole. So, we cannot rely on this information alone,” said Khalid, as quoted by the New Straits Times, on the findings by UM’s Centre for Elections and Democracy (Umcedel).

Among others, the survey found that voters in Kajang, who on March 23 will elect their new state assemblyman following the resignation of PKR incumbent Lee Chin Cheh last month, agreed that the by-election should be held, amid criticisms that it was a waste of public funds and abuse of the democratic process.

PKR has defended the need for the by-election, saying Anwar’s presence in the Selangor state assembly was needed. It is said that the plan, dubbed the “Kajang move”, is to make way for Anwar to replace Khalid.

The UM survey, conducted on February 14 and 15, interviewed 576 voters in Kajang, making up 10% of its electorate.

But Khalid said even if the people in Kajang voted for Anwar, it did not mean they no longer trusted his leadership.

“They know what I have done and contributed since I first took office,” he was quoted by the the New Straits Times.

Khalid again brushed aside speculation that Anwar would replace him as the MB.