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Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

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All-out war for the big post

The Star/ANN | Joceline Tan | Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

Crowded scene: There is no shortage of candidates lined up to take over from Khalid (right) and among them are (from left to right) Dr Wan Azizah, Iskandar and Azmin.

The advent of the Muslim holy month has not stopped PKR leaders from pressing Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to resign as Mentri Besar.

The political attacks against Khalid have been relentless and ruthless. DAP politicians in Selangor have also been attacking him almost daily in the Chinese vernacular papers. They cannot forgive him over the Bible issue and they have been picking apart his policies from the water deal to the Kidex highway.

But it was Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi who opened the floodgates with his Facebook posting: "Sack that bugger."

Khalid is in a vulnerable spot. DAP has gone from being his biggest ally to being his most lethal opponent.

Only PAS has held back from criticising him, not because they want him to stay on but because PAS is eyeing the post for one of their own, namely, architect and Chempaka assemblyman Iskandar Samad.

All pretences have been dropped and everything is on the table. Or as one journalist put it, it is "all-out war".

Politics is a cruel and ruthless game and poor Khalid is on an island surrounded by hungry sharks.

It is hard to see him surviving as Mentri Besar especially after he lost his Kuala Selangor chairman post. It is also unlikely that he can overtake incumbent powerhouse Azmin Ali in the race for the deputy presidency.

Several party figures have been hauled up in connection to the attacks against the Mentri Besar.

Outgoing AMK or Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar and his likely successor Amiruddin Shari have been slapped with show-cause letters for publicly asking Khalid to step down. Both Shamsul and Amiruddin are regarded as "Azmin's boys" so it was evident where they were coming from.

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