‘Invisible hands’ out to destabilise S’gor gov’t with ‘plot to oust MB’ rumours

Modified 8 Aug 2019, 10:38 am

Bukit Lanjan assemblyperson Elizabeth Wong (above) has sought to quell speculation that trouble is brewing in Selangor over a supposed plot to oust Menteri Besar (MB) Amirudin Shari.

She said rumours Amirudin was under threat were the works of “invisible hands” out to destabilise the state government.

“Whispers that supposedly Selangor MB is facing the threat of a vote of no-confident are rumours intentionally being spread by invisible hands intending to create instability in the Pakatan Harapan-led Selangor administration," she said.

She also denied the existence of a plot to remove Selangor speaker Ng Suee Lim, alleging rumours to that effect were to create discord between Ng and the menteri besar.

Malaysiakini yesterday reported that the political storm is linked to the proposed amendment to a state enactment allowing the unilateral conversion of minors to Islam.

The amendment, which the MB intended to table at the state assembly, has received the backing of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (above).

This was, however, stopped by Ng who cut short the state legislative assembly sitting just after two days, on July 31, as the amendment was opposed by several assemblypersons.

The amendment, if passed, would run in contradiction to the apex court’s landmark ruling in the M Indira Gandhi case that the consent of both parents was needed prior to a child being converted to Islam.

Sources also told Malaysiakini that the plot to remove Amirudin could be traced back to his remarks in the wake of a sex video implicating PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, of whom Amirudin is said to be an ally.

Wong, who is also the Selangor backbenchers club president and a former Selangor executive councillor, said there was nothing out of the ordinary about meetings said to be held between the MB and state Harapan leadership

“It (such meetings) frequently takes place to discuss current issues, especially with the Selangor 2020 Budget debate coming up in three months time.

“In fact, the Harapan meeting today had already been scheduled and informed to the Selangor PKR political bureau since last July,” she said in a statement.

Similarly, she explained that a meeting between Amirudin (above) and Azmin, who is economic affairs minister, on Thursday in Shah Alam was in relation to the minister’s trip to the state to meet with the grassroots in preparation for the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“The reality is Selangor is not the first state to be visited by the minister.

“[...] It is clear programmes for the rakyat’s benefit are being carried out by the Selangor and federal governments. Yet there are those who will spy out a chance to create unfounded polemics for political gain,” Wong said.

She added: “I am sure Selangor is wise in evaluating (such rumours).”

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