KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 – Bukit Antarabangsa state assemblyman and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali has been named as the new Selangor Menteri Besar, replacing Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. The Sultan of Selangor’s Private Secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani when contacted by Bernama today confirmed that the letter of appointment had been delivered to him.
“Yes, I confirm that the letter of appointment (as the new Menteri Besar) has been delivered to Mohamed Azmin Ali today. The Selangor Palace will issue a statement as to why Mohamed Azmin was named as the new Menteri Besar of Selangor,” he said. The swearing-in ceremony of the new Menteri Besar is set for tomorrow at Istana Alam Shah, Klang starting 10.30am. The names of Azmin, Chempaka assemblyman Iskandar Samad and Sijangkang assemblyman Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi were submitted to the Sultan for consideration.
Azmin when met by reporters at the PKR headquarters in Damansara confirmed receiving the letter of appointment in the afternoon and was positive in his reply about accepting the post. The letter also requested Mohamed Azmin, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Aug 25, to attend the swearing-in ceremony that will be held at the Alam Shah Palace tomorrow.
“I received the letter at about 3pm. It was the letter of appointment from the Sultan of Selangor’s Private Secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani. The letter said the Sultan of Selangor had chosen me to be the next Menteri Besar of Selangor, effective Sept 23, 2014,” he said after attending an emergency political bureau meeting at the PKR headquarters today.
Azmin said upon receiving the letter he quickly informed PKR’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the emergency meeting was held at 5pm. “I wish to thank the PKR party president and all my associates who unanimously nominated me for the post of the Menteri Besar,” he said. The confirmation by Mohamad Munir through the letter dated Sept 22, and Azmin’s acceptance of the appointment, ended months of speculation surrounding the embattled Abdul Khalid.
The Sultan’s Private Secretary had earlier said that the name of Abdul Khalid’s successor would only be revealed tomorrow morning because at that time Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had not given his consent to make the announcement. Mohamad Munir when asked about the letter being circulated widely in the social media, said it was beyond their control. “We certainly wanted to announce the name and the reason for the palace to appoint Mohamed Azmin as the Menteri Besar of Selangor, tomorrow but I cannot prevent the contents of the letter from being released in the social media,” he said.