SHAH ALAM: Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Khir Toyo has said that he had always invited the Sultan of Selangor to attend any of the state's official events during his tenure as the menteri besar.
Khir, who lost his position when Pakatan Rakyat took over Selangor in 2008, said the Sultan would normally assign the menteri besar himself as the Sultan's representative for Merdeka eve events, just like the one that was held by the state government on Aug 30 without the Sultan's presence.
However, Khir admitted that his state administration might not have necessarily kept records of the invitations extended to the Sultan.
"We might not have necessarily kept the records but I can confirm that I had invited the Sultan for every single state event," he told The Malay Mail.
Earlier in the day, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said he was unable to find any evidence and records that Khir's administration had ever invited the Sultan.
"Only in 2007 the Sultan had attended a morning march but that was in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of independence," he told a press conference after the state executive council meeting at the state secretariat building.
Abdul Khalid also rebutted claims that Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was not invited for this year's Merdeka eve event so that the state government could keep Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as its chief guest.
"Anwar was not the chief guest. The chief guest was the menteri besar himself. Anwar was our guest speaker," he said.
He also said that he would be seeking an audience with the Sultan by the end of the week to explain the matter.
He said he will meet the Sultan today or tomorrow but stopped short of saying if he would apologise to the Sultan over the non-invite.