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Selangor chief minister seeks to remove 6 Exco members from PKR, DAP

Embattled Selangor Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has moved to expel six State Executive Councillors (Exco) from the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who do not support his administration.

SHAH ALAM: Embattled Selangor Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has moved to expel six State Executive Councillors (Exco) from the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who do not support his administration. He said the directive for their removal would take effect immediately after receiving the consent of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

"The DAP and PKR Excos today signed a letter to form a block aimed at reducing the effectiveness of the state government administration. As such, I have sought and written a letter to the Sultan for the termination of the tenure of service of the Exco members," he told reporters on Tuesday (Aug 12).

In response, PKR and DAP leaders condemned Mr Abdul Khalid's move as "unethical and illegal". The Exco members also vowed to carry on with their duties in running Selangor.

The three Exco members from the DAP were Teng Chang Khim, V Ganabatirau and Ean Yong Hian Wah while the Exco members from PKR were Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping, Rodziah Ismail and Dr Daroyah Alwi. 

Mr Abdul Khalid said all the Exco members concerned had been informed of the matter except for Rodziah who was currently abroad on official business. Commenting further, the chief minister said he had already held a meeting with the Exco members from PAS to discuss the Selangor government administration.

"Following the discussion, I hope the Selangor administration can proceed strongly and all the development programmes that had been planned could be implemented," he said. Meanwhile, when asked about the claim that he had written a letter to join PAS, Mr Abdul Khalid refuted the allegation.

The six Exco members concerned said in their joint statement on Tuesday that they would continue to discharge their duties but stressed that they would not meet with Mr Abdul Khalid except for the weekly meeting of the State Excos (MMKN). In addition, the six Exco members concerned were reported to have said that in any dealings that involved them, the position and function of Mr Abdul Khalid were merely in a transition capacity while waiting for a chief minister from the Pakatan Rakyat (opposition pact) to be appointed.

"Abdul Khalid and the MMKN cannot make any decision without going through a voting process. Any decision of the MMKN must go through a voting process so that Abdul Khalid's functions are limited to a transition capacity," they said. 

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