Opinion polls showed that public opinion about the Selangor
government has gone down. The anti-Khalid gang has been quick to blame
Khalid for the erosion in support but the real plunge began after the
ill-conceived Kajang Move.
Most Selangorians did not buy the arguments for the Kajang Move
because it was so nonsensical. Only the blindly loyal gave it their
For instance, one of the arguments claimed that the Kajang Move was
needed because Najib was about to be toppled from power and Umno would
soon fall to the ultras led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Once that
happened, there would be a fullblown manipulation of racial and
religious controversies which only another Mentri Besar like Anwar could
Another argument claimed that the Kajang Move was to make Selangor
doubly better so that it could become a showcase for Pakatan and a
launchpad to take over Putrajaya.
Nothing of that sort has happened. Najib is in full control of Umno
while Selangor has gone from Putrajaya launchpad to a political war
zone. Worse, PKR’s standing has been tarnished by a problem-riddled
The Kajang Move has been an epic disaster.
The PAS stand on the Mentri Besar post is a serious setback for PKR
and particularly for Anwar. He seems to have lost that magic touch and
his party has lost its hold over the Selangor middle ground.
The Selangor population is quite sophisticated and informed. They
supported Pakatan because they thought the coalition would be a more
principled and better government.
Instead, they saw how PKR engineered an unnecessary by-election by
forcing a sitting assemblyman to quit. Then they tried to force a
popular Mentri Besar to resign for an untested woman.
Dr Wan Azizah has found herself taking one step forward and two steps backwards.
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