Azmin: No need for apologies
KUALA LUMPUR : Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Azmin Ali said there was no need to apologise to the Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim over his (Azmin’s) statement on the position of the latter.
“The Mentri Besar himself had already said that I don’t need to apologise to him,’’ Azmin told The Mole.
“Why should you listen to others when the person himself (Khalid) has made a positive remark.’’
A blogger Penyokong Pas wrote recently that, Azmin should apologise to Khalid and should stop going against the Selangor Mentri Besar and his political secretary, Faekah Husin because they are doing a good job.
The blogger is concerned about Selangor and thinks that the internal problem in PKR may have a negative effect on the state the next general election.
Meanwhile, Khalid in a news report on Friday said there was no need for Azmin to apologise for his statement over the former’s position as it was only a misunderstanding.
“To me, there’s no need for Azmin to apologise. I cannot blame him as there’s a good thing about the statement, because it means people can accept me at the state and federal level.”
Previously, Azmin who is Gombak MP, reportedly said the Mentri Besar will be given a ministerial post at federal level should the opposition coalition win in the 13th general elections.
He however denied making the statement claiming it was taken out of context by Sinar Harian.
The daily’s editorial executive advisor Datuk Abdul Jalil Ali refuted claims by Azmin that the newspaper had misinterpreted the PKR leader’s statement.
Despite all the reports pertaining the matter, Azmin today said that the Selangor government will prosper under Khalid.
“The state’s performance under Khalid will assist us (Pakatan Rakyat) to capture Putrajaya,’’ he stated.
“Certainly, this is again the contribution of Khalid together with the coalition policies contained in the Buku Jingga (Orange Book).’’
“I highly regard him (Khalid) as a senior corporate figure with a clear vision of PR (Pakatan Rakyat) policies,” he added.
He also said there is no issue here and has enjoyed working with the Mentri Besar over the last four years since Pakatan formed the state government in Selangor.
This came after Azmin had been pressured by several quarters within the opposition coalition demanding him to clarify his statement and apologise to Khalid.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh reminded Azmin that he was not in any position to unilaterally announce anything affecting the coalition, including on who should be the Selangor Mentri Besar if the coalition retained power in the state.
Khalid’s political secretary Faekah Husin had come to his defence in condemning Azmin’s statement stating it was not politically smart and he must consider the implication of his statement.
Faekah had previously told The Mole: “His statement seems to suggest that the rakyat of Selangor may be denied a good MB (Mentri Besar) whose popularity rate is amongst the highest between Pakatan leaders.’’
A blog post in Badut Rakyat stated that the feud between Azmin and Khalid is not only worsening but is becoming a cultural norm within opposition leaders.
The blogger wrote : “The critical point was obvious when Azmin, a number two person in the party stated that Khalid may not hold on to his position as Mentri Besar if Pakatan forms the government.’’