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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Still want to play, play?

Read Hannah Yeoh's statement in Harakah today and then read what I wrote on 4 November 2009. As I said in an earlier article, the State Secretary brought down the Perak State Government. Now it seems the new Selangor State Secretary has been confirmed by the Sultan without caring a damn for the wishes of the Selangor State Government. Mampuslah Pakatan Rakyat Selangor!

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Hannah says 'sabotage' sums up PR woes in Selangor

(Harakah Daily) - Inspired by the tweeting rampage of PKR member of parliament N Gobalakrishnan and the appointment of pro-UMNO official Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the new Selangor state secretary, Subang Jaya state representative Hannah Yeoh has concluded that the word 'sabotage' summed up the challenges faced by Pakatan Rakyat.

"If I have to choose one word to sum up the challenges faced by PR it will be SABOTAGE," she posted on Twitter in response to internal and external attacks against Pakatan Rakyat.

Since last week, Gobalakrishnan, once a staunch supporter of Anwar Ibrahim, has been attacking his party comrades over the microblogging site, accusing them of ignoring Indians and the poor in the state.

Yesterday, the Chief Secretary to the government Mohd Sidek Hassan announced controversial director of the Selangor Islamic Department Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the new state secretary from January 1.

The state administration however said the decision was not final as menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim had not been informed about the appointment, but had instead sent three names as candidates to choose from.

See also: Palace confirms Jais director as Selangor state secretary

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Will Selangor fall in January?

Two weeks before the Pakatan Rakyat Perak state government fell I suggested they seek an audience with the Sultan of Perak and request that the Perak State Assembly be dissolved to make way for fresh state elections.

I spoke to Anwar Ibrahim about it and he told me that my anxiety is unfounded because he had already spoken to Lim Kit Siang and Kit Siang had assured him that the problem with Hee had already been resolved and that everything is under control.

I was, however, still adamant that they should request permission for the dissolution of the Perak State Assembly while they still controlled the majority in the Assembly. Once they lose this majority the Sultan need not consider Pakatan Rakyat’s request because Pakatan Rakyat will no longer be the Perak state government.

As long as Pakatan Rakyat is still the government the Sultan will have no excuse to turn down Pakatan Rakyat’s request. Even if he did turn down the Pakatan Rakyat request to dissolve the Perak State Assembly he will have no legitimate reason for doing so and it would be very obvious that the Sultan is a tool of Umno and he would appear like a slime-ball.

Anyway, that is now all water under the bridge and we now all know that the Sultan was bribed to bring down Pakatan Rakyat plus he was blackmailed with the Nazrin succession issue. In short, they gave the Sultan both the carrot and the stick and like any donkey subjected to the carrot-and-stick treatment Tuanku was meekly led by the nose.

But there are other things I wrote about and which I cautioned Pakatan Rakyat to be alert about. Pakatan Rakyat may control the majority in the Selangor State Assembly. But this does not mean it is in control of the state government.

Many within the Selangor state agencies and government departments are Umno loyalists. They were in fact placed there and promoted because of their links with Umno. So, while Pakatan Rakyat may control the top, it will never be able to control the bottom. In short, the head will move in one direction and the body in the opposite direction.

And the first thing that Khir Toyo did when Selangor fell to the opposition (other than to shred all the evidence of wrongdoing) was to instruct the Selangor state agencies and government departments to sabotage the Pakatan Rakyat government. And this is what they are doing, every day of the week. Thus the ‘funny things’ that are happening in Selangor including the beer issue and the arrest of the ex-Perlis Mufti and the temple demolitions and whatnot.

You could say that not only is the head moving in opposite directions from the body but the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing as well.

And this is how they will eventually bring down the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor -- by creating discontentment by doing a lot of ‘unpopular’ things to make life difficult for the people -- which will result in the voters becoming disgusted with the opposition and eventually kicking them out like what happened in Terengganu in 2004 after only five years of an opposition government.

I warned Ronnie Liu about this. And Ronnie Liu’s EXCO portfolio is the most controversial and difficult portfolio of all as it deals with local councils and whatnot, where most of the problems lie. (Malaysia Today, 4 November 2009)

READ MORE HERE http://www.malaysia-today.net/archives/28284-will-selangor-fall-in-january-updated-with-bm-translation

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