KANGAR: Despite Barisan Nasional’s best efforts to offer a new mentri besar for Perlis, the Ruler still prefers Datuk Seri Azlan Man, sources said.
A senior official under the previous state government revealed that Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail was of the view that Azlan, the previous mentri besar, was more suited for the job.
“Azlan is the Raja of Perlis’ choice, partly because he feels that Azlan is more educated,” the source said yesterday.
The source believes that Azlan is expected to be sworn in as mentri besar by this week.
“If Perlis Barisan objects to Azlan, the 14 other assemblymen can file a motion of no confidence in the next state assembly sitting in July,” said the source.
On May 12, Perlis Barisan delivered a letter to Istana Arau which said that Datuk Ismail Kassim commanded the confidence of the new state assembly.
Ismail is the brother of state Barisan chairman and former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
Ismail is also the Tambun Tulang assemblyman.
However, it is believed that the palace has been delaying the swearing-in ceremony, which caused Perlis to remain without a mentri besar until now.
Barisan won 10 of the 15 state seats in GE14.
Yesterday, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is assuming the duties of Umno president and Barisan chairman, arrived at Istana Arau for an audience with the Raja of Perlis over the issue.
He was accompanied by Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Both of them spent about two hours in the palace and left together without speaking to the press waiting outside.
Azlan graduated from University of Denver with a degree in international economics.
He joined Malaysia’s diplomatic corps and among the posts he held included an appointment in 1999 as Malaysia’s Permanent Mission Counsellor to the United Nations.
In 2011, he was appointed deputy director of the Public Complaints Bureau.
Azlan left the civil service in 2013 and returned to his home state to contest in GE13.
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