AZMIN: Denies any fallout with Abdul Khalid - Betul ke YB?

No problems with Sgor MB, says Azmin Ali
Azmin AliLocalParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Azmin AliTan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim

Joseph Kaos Jr

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 13:55:00

KUALA LUMPUR: Gombak Member of Parliament Mohamed Azmin Ali has confirmed his resignation as a director of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS), but stopped short of revealing his reason in doing so.

"Yes, I have tendered my resignation yesterday afternoon," Azmin told The Malay Mail when met at Parliament this morning.

"This has nothing to do with dissatisfaction towards the Menteri Besar (Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim), or the upcoming party elections. There is no way you can link this to that," said the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president.

"I believe I have done my part and I have contributed, and it’s time for the MB to decide on new appointments to sit on the board. I have been there for almost one-and-a-half years. I have contributed some ideas on how PKNS should play its role," he said.

On his move as an attempt to topple the MB, Azmin said: "If it is my game to become the Menteri Besar, why only now, when the term is almost expiring? Why not two years ago? Why don’t I do it after the general elections? Why talk about it now and then we lose the elections?"

He said his role is to strengthen the party and he wants Selangor to be a role model for other states first, and then the party can convince the people that they are capable of running a state.

Azmin's shocking move happened less than 24 hours after Selangor announced that Faekah Husin, political secretary to PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail, is replacing outgoing Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad as the political secretary to Abdul Khalid.

Media reports had suggested the move by Azmin, also the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, was an act of protest towards Abdul Khalid's leadership of the state.

An online news portal, quoting a source close to Azmin, had said the Gombak MP was dissatisfied with Abdul Khalid, claiming the latter more often than not makes decisions without consulting other PKR leaders.

The move has also done little to quash rumours that there is an internal issue with regards to the party's leadership, which has been vehemently denied by the leaders themselves.

Azmin, too, had several times stood up against Abdul Khalid, notably on the sand-mining controversy in the state.

Nik Nazmi, who is leaving the state government to become PKR's new communication chief, has been the subject of speculation that the move was actually due to a fall-out between him and the MB.

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