Selangor PAS wants a "heart to heart" meeting with Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to enable him to clear the air over the ‘car and cows’ graft allegations leveled against him. - Malaysiakini .
In a 'less than full support' statement, Selangor PAS said Khalid should reveal the decisions that he expects to make in dealing with the allegations.
“If Khalid is to be prosecuted, we urge that his reaction is based on rationality in order to protect the image of the state government while respecting the rule of law.”
Though PAS did not specify what Khalid should do if he was charged in court, the Islamic party appeared to strongly hint that the menteri besar should step down.
The Islamic party, which had a special meeting on Saturday night, has nevertheless expressed sympathy to Khalid and his family over the controversy.
“We appeal to PAS members and the people of Selangor to remain calm and keep an open mind in facing this problem,” said the party, which met late Saturday night.
Selangor PAS has been seen trying to distance itself from the Pakatan-led government in recent weeks, especially in the wake of the controversy involving photos of PKR state assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong.
Last Friday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said it has found "good and strong" evidence against Khalid, breaking its own policy of not commenting on ongoing investigations.
This was in relation to accusations that he has misused state funds in maintaining his luxury car, and the donation of cows to his Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency for Hari Raya Haji.
The investigation papers have been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Khalid has denied any wrongdoing in the two matters and has sued Selangor Opposition leader Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for defamation.‘
Selangor PAS, while expressing support for MACC in the fight against corruption, said the commission must act “without fear or favour”.
“We hope that Khalid will not be victimised by any party with the intention of destabilising the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor,” read the statement.
“We are behind him fully and we support his efforts to place Selangor under the framework of clean, transparent and governance with integrity.”
The party said Khalid and his executive councillors have been consistent about implementing graft-free policies in the 11 months that the state has been led by Pakatan.
“In less than a year, Khalid and his excos have managed to create that clean and transparent environment...
"It is to be expected that certain quarters will try to tarnish the image of our top leadership,” it noted, adding that the state government should be ready for “more aggression’ in this respect.