Gerakan: Wan Azizah has ‘too many roles’

Gerakan Youth chief Tan Ken Liang says it is “absurd” that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is claiming that her move to accept the Selangor Menteri Besar’s position is her responsibility.
 
 
Speaking to The Rakyat Post, Tan said it had barely been half a year since she won the Kajang parliamentary seat in the by-election and now the PKR president wants to assume another responsibility.
 
 
“How can it be her duty? It’s the Sultan’s prerogative to determine who the Menteri Besar will be,” said Tan, adding that even Pakatan had not come to a consensus on the candidate.
 
 
He was referring to the PAS leadership still being supportive of Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to retain his post as Selangor Menteri Besar.
 
 
Dr Wan Azizah, Tan said, had too many roles at the moment.
 
 
“To me, this may be the first country in the world where the husband wants to be the Prime Minister and the wife wants to be a Menteri Besar, while the daughter is a Member of Parliament. It does not reflect a progressive country.”
 
 
Tan was of the view that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was going all out to make sure Dr Wan Azizah would be Menteri Besar, even if it meant splitting the party, fomenting internal strife over the matter.
 
 
He admitted that he would have understood if Anwar rallied behind PKR deputy president Azmin Ali to succeed Abdul Khalid, but was puzzled as to why he chose his wife instead.
 
 
“What’s next? For her to be Finance Minister? Transport Minister? It’s time someone asked him, if he becomes Prime Minister, will his wife become Home Minister? How many children of his will become Ministers?”
 
 
Tan said Anwar’s hunger to grab power could be what PAS no longer wanted to tolerate, leading it to declare its support for Abdul Khalid as the Islamist party could not stand “hypocrisy”.
 
 
MCA Selangor State Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said no matter who became Selangor Menteri Besar, what’s more important was the Menteri Besar’s commitment to the rakyat.
 
 
“The rakyat isn’t bothered if there’s a change or not. Of course, a lot of them want the leader to do a good job as there are many problems like soaring house prices, water and power issues faced by people in the state.
 
 
“It’s something upsetting to the rakyat,” Lim said.
 
 
Meanwhile, Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong Kim Seng said the prolonged Menteri Besar crisis was detrimental to Selangor’s political stability.
 
 
In a statement today, Yong criticised the Pakatan leadership, saying its quality, integrity and unity were questionable.
 
 
He said PR had yet again hijacked public interest in a ruthless fashion after it ungraciously triggered the Kajang by-election earlier in March by staging a resignation of a state assemblyman for political expediency.
 
 
Yong said there were many other issues such as the water shortage and controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway that posed immediate concerns to people of Selangor.
 
 

“I hope PR will be more considerate to the rakyat and put an immediate end to this unwanted political soap opera.”

 

 

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