No discussions on state govt post, says Reezal Merican

KEPALA BATAS: Bertam assemblyman Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican has not held discussions with any parties on his participation in the formation of the Penang state government.

The Umno supreme council member said he would leave it completely to the party's top leadership and the unity government to decide on the matter.

"Not yet (discussion), not with any leadership in the state. I have spoken to some party leadership but that’s all, we are not going any deeper on anything,” he said when met by Bernama while greeting members of the local community here.

In the Penang election on Saturday (Aug 12), Reezal Merican won with a majority of 2,321 votes when he obtained 10,453 votes to defeat incumbent Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq of Perikatan Nasional (PN), who received 8,132 votes in a straight fight to seize back the Bertam seat.

In Penang, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition set up a unity government after winning the state with a two-thirds majority by securing 29 of 40 seats contested.

DAP won all 19 seats it contested while PKR took seven, Amanah one and BN two from the 40 seats in the Penang State Legislative Assembly.

Meanwhile, Reezal Merican, who was the former housing and local government minister, described his victory in Bertam as redeeming his loss in the Kepala Batas parliamentary seat in the 15th General Election. - Bernama

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