Selangor Sultan Reveals Why He Did Not Accept Wan Azizah As Selangor MB After The 'Kajang Move'

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The infamous Kajang Move is seen as one of the biggest conflict in the state of Selangor as it involves the political tussle over the Menteri Besar seat, and put the role of the state monarch in the spotlight.

In an interview in conjunction with his 72nd birthday celebrations, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah finally revealed why he refused to approve Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ibrahim’s candidacy for the hot seat.

The crisis was triggered by PKR in 2014, with the initial aim to ‘appoint’ Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the Selangor MB and simultaneously pushing Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim off the seat.

The 'Kajang Move' was first set in motion on 27 January 2014 with the resignation of the then-Kajang ADUN Lee Chin Cheh, just eight months after the conclusion of the 13th General Election (GE13) and therefore, permitting Anwar to compete in the area.

However, Anwar’s subsequent jail sentence resulted in him handing over his candidacy to his wife and the Vice President of PKR Wan Azizah – whom later defeated the MCA Woman Chief Datin Seri Chew Mei Fun.

Despite winning the ADUN seat, the ambition to ‘place’ Wan Azizah on the Menteri Besar seat was put to an abrupt stop after the Selangor Sultan refused to approve her candidacy.

“I did not approve Wan Azizah not because she is unworthy or because she is a woman.

“I’ve said it before; the MB cannot be a puppet on a string, as the MB requires strong characteristics to seat at the helm,” the Sultan finally broke his silence, as quoted in The Star.

The Sultan went on to elaborate that he felt pressured as PKR insisted on only presenting him with one name, whilst in the past all ruling state governments have complied with the Sultan's request to propose several names.

“I’ve always asked for several names from the state government, and sometimes they’ve graced with up to three names and listed them according to preference.

“What is the problem in suggesting one more name for the seat?,” he asked.

Back then, Selangor was led by Pakatan Rakyat, a coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS, with Khalid serving as the MB until the Port Klang ADUN was sacked by PKR on 9 August 2014.

PKR and DAP later submitted Wan Azizah’s name as the sole candidate as Selangor MB, while PAS respected the wish of the Sultan by naming Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as the second candidate.

After their application was rejected twice, PKR and DAP then agreed to nominate Azmin as the second candidate – with Wan Azizah as their main candidate for the post.

Meanwhile, Sultan Sharafuddin described Khalid’s exit as one of the most challenging incidents in Selangor politics which he presided over, and stressed that he has grown tired of the state politics, though praising Khalid for his loyalty.

“I cannot believe what had happened, especially to Khalid. He was immensely loyal, and was suddenly pushed out,” he relayed.

“Perhaps there is a hidden agenda, maybe I am not well-versed in politics and the incident happens to be a political incident that I fail to comprehend.”

- Malaysian Digest