Wednesday, June 18, 2008
One very angry Sultan
The Selangor PAS Youth has hit a raw nerve. The wing's protest against the performance by Ella and Mas Idayu has upset the Sultan of Selangor. Upset is an understatement. This writer had a chance to speak with His Highness yesterday and he was so angry with the threat made by PAS that he wanted to cancel all future Sultan of Selangor matches. What PAS may not realise or chose not to realise is that the organisation of the Sultan of Selangor Cup comes under the direct purview of Tuanku. He personally supervises the running of the event. He has never asked for a single sen from the state government, previous or present. But what has irked Tuanku is the kind of narrow politics and religious intolerance pushed by PAS. He has made it clear that Selangor is multi-racial and multi-religious. Senior Selangor PAS leaders, it seemed, have washed their hands off, pleading ignorance to what the youth wing was doing. At a meeting between senior editors and Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim at his official residence yesterday, the Chinese newspaper editors brought up their concern over the continuous call by PAS to push its syariah law agenda as Khalid tried to allay their fears.