Perak Pakatan no longer holds power; state administration runs as normal

IPOH: Perak Pakatan Harapan no longer holds power in the state government, but the routine administration of the state still runs as normal, says Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.

The Tebing Tinggi assemblyman and constitutional law expert said the Pakatan state government no longer exists when the Mentri Besar's post has been left vacant.

"When Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) left Pakatan Harapan on Monday (Feb 24), the implication effectively, is that we don't have a Mentri Besar.

"In principle, when the head of state no longer hold the post, the whole cabinet of state executive council members will also cease to exist," he said when met at his house here on Tuesday (Feb 25).

"What's left now is a caretaker government, carrying on with routine governing while waiting for a new Mentri Besar to be appointed," he added.

The Pakatan Federal Government has collapsed, following the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister.

Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also announced on Monday that it was leaving Pakatan, effectively ending the partnership between and the remaining coalition parties of PKR, DAP and Amanah.

Abdul Aziz said a caretaker government cannot make any major decisions.

He said the running of the government and routine administration of the state can be done by civil servants.

"The practises, laws and regulations are still there, so there's no worries about the state government," he added.

Bersatu's Tambun MP and Chenderiang assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who was former Perak Mentri Besar, is expected to make a statement later.

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