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Why MB Selangor seek the consent of Anwar Ibrahim to dissolve the state assembly? – MIC Youth Chief

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MIC Youth strongly condemns Pakatan Rakyat leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for making the announcement that Selangor would not have its state assembly dissolved together with the proposed parliamentary elections.

This clearly shows that the Selangor government administration is run by Anwar Ibrahim with the Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim being a mere puppet.

Normally it is the Mentri Besar who has to seek the consent of the Sultan of Selangor before dissolving the state assembly to have their elections but this is the first time that a Mentri Besar had given off his powers to an outsider who has no business to interfere in the administration of Selangor.

Anwar Ibrahim, although a leader in PKR and economic adviser to the Selangor state government, can only provide advice to the state government and has no right to usurp the powers of the Mentri Besar.

I am shocked that the other component party leader, DAP and PAS have encouraged this and kept quiet. If they have any principles, they must direct Anwar Ibrahim to refrain from interfering.

MIC Youth doubts the component leaders in Pakatan would dare voice out as each of the component parties are beholden to each other in a bid to reach Putrajaya.

MIC Youth feels that having separate election will be a additional burden to the people as well as the election commission.

The people would be fed up in coming to the polls twice and also huge sums of money which would have to be used to conduct the election, could be utilised to finance development projects in the state.

MIC Youth is puzzled as to why Tan Sri Khalid as well as other Pakatan leaders want Selangor to have separate state elections when they had already indicated that they will also dissolve the state assembly if the general election is called after June this year.

In March, Pakatan Rakyat (Pakatan) leader Anwar Ibrahim said that the Pakatan state governments may not hold elections concurrently with the national polls should the Election Commission (EC) fail to implement meaningful electoral reforms. Earlier Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim was quoted as saying that Selangor would not participate in the polls if it was called any time earlier than June 2012.

We are wondering whether it is a red herring as they know that the people support for Barisan Nasional has increased and having an election soon would be a detrimental to their dream to reach Putrajaya.

The Selangor state government has given a flimsy excuse that they need time to implement projects outlined in the Selangor budget but we feel they need time to cover up their alleged weakness in various issues including the Talamgate, poor garbage collection, mushrooming of massage parlours, illegal mining of sand and the controversial purchase of garbage trucks.

Having separate election for the state and parliament would also cause tension between the Barisan and Pakatan but also cause friction amongst the multiracial Malaysians. There are bound to be war of words between the politicians on both sides in a bid to win the votes.

Pakatan Rakyat should not contest in the state and parliamentary seats in the coming general election if they have no confidence in the current electoral roll in Selangor. They should allow other opposition parties like PSM, parti Cinta Malaysia, KITA and other parties which have confidence in the electoral system to contest.

Pakatan Rakat leaders have been blowing their trumpet that they have the support of the people and yet they do not have the guts to face the electorate for the state and parliamentary election at the same time. I doubt whether they actually have the support as they claim.

-T. MOHAN – MIC Youth Chief