ALOR SETAR: The actions of several state Umno leaders who called for his resignation on Jan 20, at a time when Kedahans were celebrating the Sultan's 88th birthday, were irresponsible, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
In a two-page statement on Sunday, Mukhriz said the actions of the leaders had not only offended the Sultan, who is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, but the Kedah Regency Council.
He said they should immediately apologise for their actions to the Sultan and Council.
"The actions of the 12 division leaders and two deputy leaders to drag both wings, including the Youth leadership, to the press conference on Jan 20 are irresponsible.
"In fact, some of those present at the press conference told me that they were not informed of the purpose and details of the statement that was made.
"I believe their call does not represent the majority of Umno members and more importantly, that of Kedahans.
"As chairman of Kedah Umno and Mentri Besar, I had been notified that the Sultan and the Kedah Regency Council were offended by the group's actions.
"What was more regretful was the actions of several state executive councillors who had taken the oath of loyalty to the Ruler when they accepted the posts," Mukhriz said.
He said following the press conference on Jan 20, six out of the nine Excos did not attend the weekly meeting on Jan 27.
He said this was an abuse of the regulations of their appointment as public servants and the oath they had taken.
"As an Exco in the state, the refusal to attend the meeting affects the administration and planning which had been arranged by the state government in conducting development programmes and activities for the people," he said.
Mukhriz said as the state Umno chairman, he was seeking the forgiveness of the Kedah Sultan and Kedah Regency Council for the actions of the Umno members.
Mukhriz urged the 14 Umno division heads, who were directly or indirectly involved in the Jan 20 press conference, and the six Exco members, who were absent during the weekly meeting, to immediately apologise to the Kedah Sultan and the Council.
"Until the issue is resolved, all state Excos and assemblyman must carry out their responsibilities trusted upon them by the Ruler in accordance with the laws of Kedah state government," said Mukhriz.
On Jan 20, state Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah initiated a revolt against Mukhriz by claiming that state Umno division leaders as well as the state chiefs of the Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings had lost confidence in his leadership.