KUALA LUMPUR – August 18, 2015: A close aide of former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had expressed her disappointment with what she described as “an insufficient” apology by the PKR leadership for ousting the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentarian.
Faekah Husin who was also the former Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) chief executive officer when contacted said the party leaders’ apology was inadequate to mend Khalid’s reputation which had been tarnished by them.
“Khalid has done so much for PKR since he joined the party in 2006. However, I respect Khalid’s decision in accepting the apology.
“I just wished that the PKR leadership could show some sincerity when apologising to him,” she said.
Faekah was referring to PKR’s admission that it should not had accused Khalid of various improprieties as grounds to remove him from his menteri besar post last year.
The apology was made by former PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution on Friday, in an out-of-court settlement between the party and Khalid.
Saifuddin, on behalf of PKR had admitted that the accusations against Khalid had tarnished his reputation as menteri besar and a businessman.
When asked, Faekah who had also been compelled to vacate her post alongside Khalid’s seven other assistants after the menteri besar’s ouster dismissed the possibility of her being reinstated into the state administration following the apology by PKR.
Khalid’s other aides are Rohani Talib, Arfa’eza Abdul Aziz, Mustapha Mohd Talib, Rahimah Kamarudin, Dr Sulaiman Masri, Abdul Halim Mohamed Yusof and Tuan Nazuri Tuan Ismail.
“We worked as a team with mutual understanding on our policies, ideas and direction. I do not think it would matter if we return to the state administration,” she said.
“After nine months taking over the state, the reformation in Selangor’s administration that we made had been reverted back to the way the state was administered before 2008,” she added.
PKR at the height of the Selangor leadership crisis last year distributed several letters to DAP and Pas which contained the allegations against Khalid to explain the party’s decision to name PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Khalid’s replacement.
The party had among other accused Khalid of ‘shady’ out-of-court debt settlement with Bank Islam amounting to USD18,521,806.13 (RM59.5 million), transactions involving the Selangor government and Eco World Berhad as well as water structuring deal with Putrajaya that was said to have caused Selangor to lose money.
Dr Wan Azizah however failed to take over from Khalid after Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang refused to nominate her as agreed to by other Pakatan’s component parties PKR and DAP.
The position later went to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.