KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 – Fresh from his sacking from PKR, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is expected to start a new non-governmental organisation called “Taski” – it is an acronym of his own name – to serve the people under his Federal and state constituencies.
The NGO, with some help from PAS, will focus on charity work, according to Roslan Baharom, a community leader in Bandar Tun Razak, where Khalid is the MP. Bandar Tun Razak is in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. “Khalid will spearhead this NGO, and with some support from PAS, I think he will pull it off,” Roslan said.
One of the programmes lined-up for the NGO is the “Sajian Rakyat” programme (The People’s Meal), scheduled in the next few weeks to introduce the NGO and jumpstart Khalid’s commitment to assist residents in his constituency. Roslan told The Malaysian Insider that a discussion between Khalid and PAS representatives was held in Kuala Lumpur recently.
He said the Federal Territories PAS has given the green light for the party’s division to assist Khalid in his endeavour. “The reason why Khalid decided to form the NGO is to avoid unnecessary crisis between the Islamist party and PKR since he was sacked from the party on August 9, “We hope it will not be a problem because, after all, Khalid is working as an NGO and not representing any political party,” he said.
Roslan said that if there is enough allocation, Taski plans to hold the “Sajian Rakyat” programme every week. At the moment, he added that Khalid has personally promised to allocate RM5,000 for each of the upcoming programmes. “We have not decided whether to hold it on a weekly basis. Even if that did not materialise, we have other programmes planned,” he added.
It was understood that some of the committee members included those who used to work with Khalid when he was the Selangor menteri besar. They include former CEO of Menteri Besar Incorporated, Faekah Husin, who is now Khalid’s special officer for both Bandar Tun Razak and Port Klang. Faekah, in a statement recently, said Khalid has never neglected his duties either as an assemblyman or MP and is currently working on programmes to help residents in both areas.
She also brushed off rumours that Khalid wanted to resign, saying that he was on a break and is now starting to get back to his duties. PKR had sacked him in August after he failed to attend a disciplinary committee hearing over allegations concerning the Selangor water-restructuring exercise, his debt settlement with Bank Islam and the proposed Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).
All these came amid a tussle for the Selangor menteri’s besar position that started early this year, with the PKR leadership wanting him to step down to make way for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The crisis ended when PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali was appointed the new menteri besar.
It was reported today that since Khalid stepped down as the menteri besar and became an independent, he has rarely been seen in Port Klang and Bandar Tun Razak. Residents said they did not even know where his service centres were and whether he would still be able to serve and attend to their complaints.