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Selangor sultan rejects Wan Azizah's request to explain chief minister crisis

Sultan of Selangor Sharafuddin Idris Shah has not consented to grant an audience to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail relating to the Malaysian state’s chief minister crisis.

SHAH ALAM: Sultan of Selangor Sharafuddin Idris Shah has not consented to grant an audience to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail relating to the Malaysian state’s chief minister crisis.

Private secretary to the sultan, Mohamad Munir Bani, said the istana had received the letter signed by PKR de facto chief Anwar Ibrahim on Aug 10, requesting that Wan Azizah had an audience with the sultan to give an explanation on what had been decided by the party.

"The letter was sent to the sultan on Monday (Aug 11) and he had asked me to inform Anwar that he will not consent to have an audience with PKR president to give an explanation on Abdul Khalid, who already had an audience with him on his position as Selangor menteri besar (chief minister)," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 12).

Mohamad Munir said the sultan was of the view that Abdul Khalid's sacking as a PKR member was an internal party issue that did not affect his position as Selangor state assemblyman and chief minister. He said the sultan did not want to interfere with the party's internal affairs.

Mohamad Munir said the sultan also consented that Abdul Khalid remained as the chief minister and that the decision was not made by the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor as reported in several local newspapers.

He said the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor meeting that was held on Monday was a scheduled one that was already consented by the sultan and did not discuss Abdul Khalid's position as chief minister.

"Abdul Khalid has had an audience with the sultan to inform that he was sacked by the PRK Disciplinary Board and several other matters pertaining to the menteri besar's position prior to the meeting," he said.

He said the sultan had informed the meeting of his decision to retain Abdul Khalid’s chief minister position.