PAS excos must turn up at meeting today to save Selangor, says Khalid Samad

The four Selangor PAS executive councillors will have to attend today’s executive council meeting to ensure the state government remains in power until the Islamist party meets on August 17.

PAS Central Committee member Khalid Samad said he hoped DAP and PKR understood this, for if it its exco members did not attend the meeting, it will spell the end of the state government and pave the way for the dissolution of the state assembly.

"Is this what all of us want?” asked Khalid, who is also the Shah Alam MP.

However, Khalid said he did not know if the four exco members would be attending the meeting.

DAP and PKR had last night appealed to PAS to boycott today’s exco meeting as a gesture of solidarity for the six exco members sacked by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had said the sacking of the six excos in the Pakatan Rakyat government by the embattled Selangor menteri besar was unethical and against democratic principles.

"I've contacted my PAS counterpart Datuk Mustafa Ali and requested him to send a message to the top PAS leadership that four of their excos should refrain from attending the exco meeting tomorrow in solidarity with those who were sacked," he had told a press conference in Petaling Jaya last night.

The PR allies held an emergency meeting, hours after news broke that Khalid had sent termination letters to five PKR and DAP executive councillors, effectively kicking the coalition out of government.

Lim said PAS should stand together with them if they still subscribed to the PR coalition.

Pakatan effectively lost the Selangor government when embattled Khalid sacked all PKR and DAP executive councillors this evening.

Five of the affected councillors – DAP's Datuk Teng Chang Khim, V. Ganabatirau and Ean Yong Hian Wah as well Elizabeth Wong and Dr Daroyah Alwi from PKR – received their termination letters today, while one executive councillor, Rodziah Ismail from PKR, is out of the country.

The two-term MB's move leaves him and four PAS state executive councillors as the state government.

The four are Iskandar Samad, Dr Halimah Ali, Dr Yunus Khairy dan Salehen Muhyi.

Teng, disputing his sacking, said Khalid could not have got the Sultan’s consent as the MB had spent the whole day in his office.

"The exco is appointed by the sultan on the advice of the menteri besar. Only the sultan has the power to remove the exco members.” – August 13, 2014.

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