Whoever controls water supply, wins the war. And Muslim soldiers based in Madinah went to war during the Battle of Badr with the Meccans by first denying the latter access to water supply.
In the modern world, water is costly to produce but yields great returns to those who control it. For that reason, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is confident it could unseat itself in Selangor and win Selangor.
The whole fracas began with the incumbent Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim, making a deal with the Federal government for improving treated-water supply and the supply of raw water from Pahang to Selangor via the Langat 2 project. There is money to be made, therefore everyone wants to lay their hands on Selangor’s water assets despite the dwindling supply of treated water. Khalid received flak from his PKR counterparts for making the deal while Selangor voters were fuming mad over the water rationing despite assurances made by the Selangor state government that there would be enough water supply until 2019, and PAS claimed it would be sufficient until 2022.
Immediately after, Anwar Ibrahim via Rafizi Ramli, initiated the “Kajang Move”, a bid to oust Khalid and appoint Anwar as the Menteri Besar. Fate had it that Anwar was sentenced to a five-year imprisonment for committing sodomy. Enter Wan Azizah, his subservient wife, to contest on behalf of him and again to serve as his seat-warmer. The reason given was Wan Azizah could serve Kajang voters better, an unintentional hint that the Kajang voters were given a short-changed candidate by PKR in the 13th General Elections. Wan Azizah initially said that her becoming a state assemblywoman has nothing to do with the plans to oust Khalid as the Menteri Besar, but of course only idiots believed that.
So, now it is a free-for-all scramble for the Menteri Besar post with the embattled Khalid stuck in the middle of it all. Azmin Ali, Anwar’s lieutenant and Principal Private Secretary to Anwar when he was a Finance Minister, feels that he is the most capable person to govern Selangor. However, I was told that Rafizi as well as non-Malay representatives in PKR, as well as Selangor DAP representatives believe that Azmin is an UMNO person at heart (strangely they also say Khalid is an UMNO agent but still picked him as the Menteri Besar) and should not be allowed to become the MB.
Today, we see letters coming out from the various PKR camps championing both Azmin Ali or Wan Azizah on the other side as the most suitable candidate to become the MB. Below is the letter from the supporters of Azmin:
Then we have one by those championing Wan Azizah:
Meanwhile, Khalid Ibrahim was issued a show-cause letter giving him only three days to reply to asking why should they not remove him for going against party directives:
While this circus show is taking place, the former mining pools used to provide water to the Selangor river dam are quickly running dry, with the dam level close to 30 percent of its capacity, a mandatory rationing level.
PKR is a big fat joke, and the only Keadilan they are fighting for is to fatten up their pockets. And PKR is championing the exact thing Anwar claimed to have fought against: Nepotism and Cronyism.