Regency Council to assess MB issue

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  • Sunday, 31 Jan 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Kedah Regency Council has asked to meet the Barisan Nasional assemblymen regarding the Mentri Besar issue.

It is learnt that the three-person Regency Council will meet the assemblymen individually tomorrow so that members of the council can make an assessment on the situation and for the parties concerned to reach a final solution.

Kedah political sources said that the move was necessitated by Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s (pic) refusal to resign from the Mentri Besar post.

All 21 Barisan assemblymen will be summoned, including Mukhriz.

The sources believe that the meeting, to be held in Alor Setar, is also for the Regency Council to assess for themselves whether the majority of Barisan assemblymen are in support of a change in Mentri Besar.

A total of 19 assemblymen reportedly signed statutory declarations last week agreeing to the change.

Kedah has 36 state seats and the statutory declarations imply that Barisan’s move for a change of Mentri Besar has the majority support.

But there have been claims that some of the assemblymen signed the statutory declarations under duress.

Kota Siputeh assemblyman Abu Hasan Shariff had claimed during a ceramah earlier this week that he was pressured to sign and had dramatised it, saying that he “tried to run and hide, but they chased me until I nearly fell into the sea”.

The new development has shades of the Perak Mentri Besar crisis, during which the Sultan met a few assemblymen to assess their stand on the Perak crisis.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented his proposed name for a new Mentri Besar to the Regency Council on Friday morning.

He was also granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on the matter on Wednesday.

The Kedah crisis was sparked off after 14 Umno division chiefs as well as the heads of Umno’s Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings held a press conference to say they had lost confidence in Mukhriz’s leadership. However, Mukhriz refused to budge on the grounds that he had the people’s support.

The Regency Council consists of the Agong’s two younger brothers and his daughter, who are assigned to discharge the Sultan of Kedah’s duties while he serves as the Agong.

They are Tunku Temenggong Tunku Sallehuddin ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Tunku Laksa­mana Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and Tunku Panglima Besar Tunku Puteri Intan Shafinaz binti Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah.

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