Don’t dissolve the assembly: There is an alternative with an overwhelming majority!
There is a possibility that in order to spite the Pakatan, Khalid may call for the dissolution of the Selangor State Assembly.
He may not be concerned about rules and laws and norms that will have to be observed to overcome the present predicament that Selangor is embroiled in. And Selangor is in this mess because of him!
With Pas’ unanimous decision to stick with Pakatan, it is crystal clear that Khalid cannot any longer pretend that he has the majority support. Forty-three assembly persons stand solidly together opposed to him continuing as the Menteri Besar of Selangor.
What he has are the 12 Umno assembly members with him, and including himself, all that he has are 13 members of the assembly throwing their support for him. This is minuscule support that does not even amount to 25 per cent of the assembly.
Compared to this, Pakatan has more than 75 per cent support which is a whopping majority! This majority must be recognised and respected when arriving at a decision.
We do not have a hung situation in the assembly to consider a unity government or a minority one. This situation does not even warrant the dissolution of the assembly as a way out. A solution is staring at us which is in accordance with the democratic tradition.
Khalid has no alternative but to step down as the Menteri Besar of Selangor and concede that Pakatan has the sole right to form the next Selangor state government.
Following the democratic principles, the party commanding the majority in the state assembly must be called upon to form the next government. If we are law abiding and respect the rule of law, then we must observe this simple democratic principle and allow Pakatan to form the government.
To ensure that democracy prevails, NGOs and civil society must speak up and call for the appointment of the next MB from Pakatan to replace Khalid.
Either a civil society organisation or Pakatan must launch an on-line petition calling for the norms of democracy to be observed by demanding the appointment of the Pakatan candidate as the next MB of Selangor. If 100,000 people were to make this call, it cannot be ignored.
Let the will of the people be known.
17 August 2014