KUALA LUMPUR (May 12): Twenty-three state assemblypersons have lost confidence in the leadership of Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah Menteri Besar (MB), claimed Jeneri representative Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.
In a live-streamed Facebook press conference today, he announced that the 23 comprised 15 representatives from PAS, two from Barisan Nasional, two independent representatives who just quit PKR this afternoon, and four from Bersatu.
“With this, the state government has fallen,” he said.
He added that 19 out of the representatives who showed up today have decided to form a Perikatan Nasional state government.
The presidents of the Perikatan Nasional parties will propose a candidate for the MB post through Kedah state secretary Datuk Paduka Ammar Datuk Shaikh Mahmood Naim before Sultan Al-Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah for his consideration.
Earlier today, Sidam representative Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee and Lunas representative Azman Nasarudin quit their party, citing a loss of confidence in the leadership of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The pair said they would stand as independents, but have friendly ties with the Perikatan Nasional coalition that comprises PAS, Umno, Bersatu, MIC, MCA and Gabungan Parti Sarawak.
According to news reports, Sanusi has been tipped as the candidate for the next MB.
It would appear that Mukhriz has lost the majority, as he would require the support of at least 17 representatives to keep his government in power.
This could be the second time Mukhriz’s tenure as the state’s MB is cut short.
Previously, he held office from 2013 until Feb 3, 2016, when he resigned after losing the confidence of the majority of state assemblypersons.
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