Selangor PH boots out Bersatu

The move will see the removal of 7 state assemblymen, including 5 representatives from Bersatu

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By RAZAK GHAZALI

SELANGOR has kicked out Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia from the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and severed ties with all representatives from the party at all levels of the state’s administration.

The move, announced by PKR Selangor chairperson Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari yesterday, comes days after Bersatu quit the PH coalition at the federal level.

Seen as the harshest political retaliation since the fall of the PH government at the federal level, Amirudin who is also Selangor mentri besar said all state assemblymen from the Bersatu were dismissed from the PH bloc effective immediately, while allocations to them will be frozen.

“After the recent political developments at the federal level, PH Selangor has conveyed to His Royal Highness that Bersatu’s administrative role in the Selangor government will cease with immediate effect.

“This includes Bersatu members in the Selangor state executive council, local councils, heads of village, government-linked companies and other administrative areas,” Amirudin said in Shah Alam, Selangor, yesterday.

The move by the PH state government would see the removal of seven state assemblymen including five representatives from Bersatu. The purging also includes former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (Bukit Antarabangsa) and Gombak Setia assemblymen Hilman Idham. Both assemblymen are now independent representatives in the state assembly.

The sacking of Bersatu assemblymen would not jeopardise the state as the PKR state government still commanded a strong majority above the simple majority of 29 seats in Selangor.

Bersatu severed ties from the PH-run federal government, leading to the collapse of the government which won the May 9, 2018, general election.

The changes at the federal level and withdrawal of Bersatu to join Perikatan Nasional (PN) saw administration changes in Johor Baru. Melaka is expected to see a new government, while questions remain about Perak as horse-trading would determine who will form the government.

Amirudin yesterday pledged his support for PH and PKR despite being linked to Azmin’s camp previously.

“I followed him as long as he was in the party, but since he has left, I will remain and tow the party’s line,” he said.

Amirudin said the realignment could impact some of the state’s developments, but called on the federal government to practise fairness in dealing with Selangor.

“I hope the federal government will remain professional in working with the state, like how PH treated Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu (the previous Opposition states) in the past 22 months, where all of them had their portions,” he said, adding that he had received the endorsement of PH assemblymen and leaders.

Meanwhile, separately, four Bersatu state assemblymen had decided to remain with PH in the state.

The four are Kuang assemblyman Sallehudin Amiruddin; Harumaini Omar (Batang Kali); Mohd Shaid Rosli (Jeram), and Adhif Syan Abdullah (Dengkil).

All the Bersatu representatives had discussed with former interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad without Selangor Bersatu chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari, who is also the party’s VP.

Rashid is also the state Tourism and Culture, Malay Civilisation and Heritage Committee chairman.