ALOR SETAR: It should be known by today if Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir will be retained or replaced as Kedah Mentri Besar.
The state’s 18 Barisan Nasional assemblymen have been summoned to meet the Kedah Regency Council comprising the Sultan of Kedah’s two brothers and his daughter which would decide on the matter.
Each assemblyman is expected to meet the three-member council – chairman Tunku Temenggong Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Tunku Laksamana Datuk Seri Diraja Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and the Sultan of Kedah’s eldest daughter Tengku Panglima Besar Datuk Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz.
The assemblymen are expected to meet the council members in private at Wisma Darul Aman from 2pm today.
A well-placed source said a press conference had been scheduled after the meeting, adding that the decision of the council on Mukhriz’s fate was likely to be made known then.
The source said if Mukhriz was removed, his replacement could also be announced.
Mukhriz, who was greeted by scores of supporters at the arrival hall of the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport after his flight from Kuala Lumpur landed at 7.45pm, said he was not among the assemblymen summoned by the council.
Mukhriz said he was told that the meeting was between the council and the 18 other Barisan Nasional assemblymen.
“Maybe the council plans to find out the their stand on the issue, and whether it was the same as reported in the media,” he said.