The infamous Kajang Move was all about money

 |Feb 22, 2017
Rafizi Ramli said that Kajang Move was to save Selangor if former Premier Mahathir successfully ousted Najib as PM.
Rafizi Ramli said that Kajang Move was to save Selangor if former Premier Mahathir successfully ousted Najib as PM.

Two days ago, Anwar Ibrahim finally revealed in court the real motive for the Kajang Move.

The only problem with Anwar’s revelation is that it contradicted the reason that Saifuddin Nasution, Rafizi Ramli and Tony Pua gave.

This raises the question of who of the four are telling the truth or are all four lying and there is actually a different reason altogether?

At different points of time over 2013 and 2014 Malaysians were given different reasons why Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim needed to be removed.

Anwar says is that he could take over as menteri besar (MB) and bring changes to Selangor.

Anwar, however, has thus far never said what was wrong with Selangor while under Khalid and what changes were required.

Anwar insinuates that Selangor was being badly run and that he needed to take over from Khalid to address this.

So what was it that Khalid was doing wrong, or was not doing, and which Anwar, once he takes over as MB, would change?

Anwar is infamous for talking in riddles or in cryptic language.

He never says directly what he means but beats around the bush and goes off tangent.

Even when asked a question that requires a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer he never says ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

He goes on and on talking about this, that and the other while never giving that most important ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Even during an interview with the international media, when asked a simple question as to whether he is gay, Anwar never answered.

The question was posed to him three times and each time he went all over the place talking about a political conspiracy and how he posed a danger to the ruling elite and how they feared him and how his call for reforms frightened the government and so on.

All that may have been true but that still does not answer the question as to whether he is gay or not, which was the question the interviewer asked.

So, according to Anwar, Khalid had to be removed so that changes could be introduced to Selangor.

Anwar now needs to tell us what was wrong with Selangor when Khalid was MB.

Anwar also needs to tell us what changes to Selangor did he have in mind.

Then Anwar needs to enlighten us on whether these changes did happen with Azmin Ali as the Selangor MB.

Anwar said the Kajang Move was for him to take over as menteri besar (MB) from Khalid Ibrahim and bring changes to Selangor.
Anwar said the Kajang Move was for him to take over as menteri besar (MB) from Khalid Ibrahim and bring changes to Selangor.

In short, we need a ‘then’ and ‘now’ comparison so that we know what the scenario was under Khalid and what it is now under Azmin.

In other words, did the removal of Khalid bring about those reforms in Selangor or is it still the same or has gotten worse?

Does Anwar dare tell us or is he, as usual, going to leave that matter vague?

Rafizi and Saifuddin gave different reasons as to why Khalid had to be replaced, as did Tony.

Nik Aziz Nik Mat opposed the removal of Khalid, as did Abdul Hadi Awang.

They said they did not support the removal of Khalid because there is no valid reason to do so.

In other words, Nik Aziz and Hadi did not buy the many contradicting reasons given for Khalid’s removal.

In short, the PAS leaders were saying that the reasons were lame excuses and not true.

Rafizi’s excuse was that Mahathir Mohamad was plotting to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak and if that happens then Selangor would fall.

How would the ouster of Najib bring about the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor?

Is Rafizi saying in the event Najib falls then a large number of Pakatan Rakyat state assembly members are going to cross over to Barisan Nasional like what happened in Perak in 2009?

Just like Anwar, Rafizi did not explain or give any details. Saifuddin, on the other hand, published a thick dossier of Khalid’s misdeeds, transgression and crimes of corruption that warranted his removal as the Selangor MB.

Later, of course, Saifuddin apologised and more or less admitted that all the allegations were downright lies and not true one bit.

So this more or less confirmed what Nik Aziz and Hadi said: that Khalid was a victim of fitnah or slander.

Tony Pua (left) said Khalid Ibrahim was the best eer Selangor MB, but Saifuddin Nasution (right) said the MB was a crook. But of course, Saifuddin later apologised for his lie.
Tony Pua (left) said Khalid Ibrahim was the best eer Selangor MB, but Saifuddin Nasution (right) said the MB was a crook. But of course, Saifuddin later apologised for his lie.

The truth is, Khalid was increasing Selangor’s reserves and that upset Pakatan Rakyat.

They felt that money is meant to be spent, not to be saved.

So Khalid was not doing his job by saving money instead of spending it.

That may be true.

You make money so that you can spend it and not to save it.

That was what Mahathir did when he was prime minister (PM) for 22 years – he spent money instead of saving it.

But in Selangor’s case Khalid refused to spend money indiscriminately.

Unless there was a good reason to spend the money he would not do so.

For example, Khalid refused to spend the state’s money for party purposes.

Anwar wanted Selangor to give each party in Pakatan Rakyat RM100 million.

That would come to RM300 million in total, which was only 10% of the state’s reserves.

Khalid, however, refused.

This was the main beef they had against Khalid, especially during the 2013 general election (GE13) when Khalid stood his ground and refused to give the party money to finance the election.

That was the main reason Khalid needed to be removed.

He would not abuse his power and authority by plundering the state.

Pakatan Rakyat was not able to gets its hands on the RM3 billion or so Selangor reserves.

We take it now that Khalid was no longer MB that had changed and Pakatan Harapan is now well-financed by Selangor.

At the end of the day it is all about money, even for Pakatan Harapan. – Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.