Azmin jittery about his position as Selangor Menteri Besar

TTF: This is interesting (see news item below).

Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali, the current Menteri Besar of Selangor, appears to be chiding a man who Lim Kit Siang himself welcomed into the DAP with open arms. So what is the implication here? Is PKR Selangor under Azmin turning against the DAP?

Fat chance.

Azmin knows what I already know and what some others in PKR Selangor have probably just realised. He is aware that the ruler of Selangor is never going to allow a Pakatan Harapan government to lead Selangor post GE14 come what may. That is to say, we may well be looking at Azmin’s first and final term as Menteri Besar of Selangor.

And if anyone is to blame, it is Lim Kit Siang.

Sultan Sharafuddin has never forgiven the senior Lim for insulting him during the botched Langkah Kajang. Back then, both PKR and the DAP were trying hard to turn Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail into the next Menteri Besar of Selangor. When the ruler refused to entertain the idea, Kit Siang literally told him to butt out and warned him against overstepping his jurisdiction as the titular head of Selangor.

As a result, the Sultan has vowed never to let a non-Malay based government to lead Selangor post GE14. PKR is multiracial, while Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) is Islamist. There is nothing stopping a Chinese-Muslim agent of the DAP from becoming Amanah or PKR president.

And that leaves us with PPBM, the only Malay based party in Pakatan Harapan at the moment. But considering that the party is led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, we can strike out the possibility of a PPBM controlled government ever leading the state of Selangor. 

There is a reason for this.

Let us not forget that Mahathir, like Kit Siang, flew in the face of rulers on many, many occasions. In the nineties, he amended the Federal Constitution to remove the immunity rulers enjoyed and limited their jurisdiction on legislative matters. There is nothing stopping a PPBM led government from amending Selangor’s constitution in ways that may be to the detriment of the Selangor palace.

So basically, Azmin knows that his goose is cooked. Which is why, he wants to be seen as the only Pakatan Harapan leader who is daring enough to stand up against Zaid, someone now considered to be a member of ‘Lim Kit Siang’s innermost coterie’.

But if Azmin is that loyal to the ruler, should he not be asking Kit Siang himself to deliver the long overdue and least anticipated apology he owes the palace? Tell me, does Zaid’s insult not pale in comparison to what the senior Lim told the ruler back in 2014 during Langkah Kajang?

KLANG: DAP’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim must assume responsibility for what he said in regards to the Selangor Ruler, said Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“He must be held responsible for what he had said,” the Selangor Mentri Besar told reporters after attending the investiture ceremony at Istana Alam Shah here in conjunction with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s 72nd birthday Monday (Dec 11).

The former de facto law minister had tweeted that Sultan Sharafuddin should be “careful” with his remarks as everyone would be affected if “the country burns”.

Zaid was responding to Sultan Sharafuddin’s statement in an interview with The Star in which the Ruler said that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad “will burn the whole country with his anger”.

On the rally held in support of the Selangor Ruler in Shah Alam on Sunday (Dec 10), Azmin said everyone had the right to assemble if it was done in a correct manner.

“This is a democratic society. Anyone can assemble and express their views. But it has to be conducted in a proper manner,” he said.

The rally was participated by Barisan Nasional component parties and non-governmental organisations to record their support to Sultan Sharafuddin as well as criticise Dr Mahathir and Zaid for their impudence towards the Selangor Ruler.

Dr Mahathir had allegedly slurred against the Bugis community in his criticism against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Sultan Sharafuddin took offence to the statement and rebuked Dr Mahathir.

Earlier in his speech of allegiance to Sultan Sharafuddin, Azmin said the Malay Rulers are not merely symbols

“The Malay Rulers’ institution has an important role to guarantee the unity of the nation’s multi-racial and multi-religious society as well as defend its social contract,” he added.

Source: The Star Online