|By SYED ZAHAR ([email protected])|
|Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:41|
IT'S very obvious by now that the rift between Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Azmin Ali is very real despite the smile and handshake exchanges between the two that were meant for the camera.
The issue was resurrected thanks to Sinar Harian's front-page interview with the headline: "MB Baru Selepas PRU13" (New MB After General Election) that was published two weeks ago.In the interview, PKR deputy president Azmin had reportedly said the Selangor Menteri Besar could be replaced and Abdul Khalid would be appointed as federal minister if the opposition coalition won the next general election.
The situation escalated further after Abdul Khalid's feisty political secretary Faekah Husin spoke out in retaliation against her boss' foe by saying, "Who is Azmin to make such a deduction? I don't know what drove him to come up with that statement." She reminded that it is the Sultan who has the final say on who is the MB although the party can put forward its candidate.
Faekah also said the party "has never discussed with us about the potential line-up or who will be the MB."
Those from Azmin's camp have lambasted Faekah, who have always acted as Abdul Khalid's 'voice', for her remarks, saying that she was belittling the Gombak MP. Not only that, there's renewed calls to Faekah to quit for criticizing Azmin. A group using the Twitter handle @PecatFaekah (Sack Faekah) has since extended their scope to @PecatFaekah/Arfah, the latter being Abdul Khalid's press secretary.
However, the matter is much more complicated than it seems. Word has it that Azmin's wound from losing the MB race to Abdul Khalid in 2008 is too deep and this explains why the former is bent on staking his territory.
Anwar, however, at the Selangor Keadilan annual dinner on Sunday gave his strongest endorsement yet of Abdul Khalid when he praised the latter for being the most successful Selangor MB due to the latter's "moral integrity."
Meanwhile, Faekah was the former political secretary to PKR president Dr Wan Azizah and it is known that they are still very close. Not to mention, both Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah have made statements to the effect of siding Abdul Khalid.
Azmin had been telling us, "I am eyeing Putrajaya, not Selangor" but the signs are there that he wants the Selangor MB post by hook or by crook. However, despite Abdul Khalid's gentle demeanor, he won't make it easy for Azmin. The charade to play down the rift between Azmin and Abdul Khalid will continue but, in politics, one can shake your hand while concealing a knife in the other.
To some, it will come as no surprise if Dr Wan Azizah emerges as the Selangor MB-in-waiting, that is if PKR manages to retain the precious state – which could be another way to possibly settle the dispute while teaching the feuding colleagues a lesson.