ALOR SETAR (Bernama): The Sultan of Kedah, Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah, is expected to grant an audience to 23 state assemblymen from Perikatan Nasional on Friday (May 15).
However, no official statement has been issued by any party.
His Majesty, who was previously reported to be in Kuala Lumpur, arrived at Bunga Raya Complex, Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Kepala Batas, here at about 11.45am on Thursday (May 14).
Sultan Sallehuddin, who was accompanied by the Sultanah of Kedah, Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff, was welcomed upon arrival by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, state secretary Datuk Ammar Shaikh Mahmood Naim and mufti Datuk Fadzil Awang.
It was reported on Wednesday (May 13) that 23 statutory declarations (SDs) from Kedah assemblymen were presented to Sultan Sallehuddin, proposing a new candidate for the menteri besar post.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan was quoted as saying that the SDs were handed over when the presidents of Umno, PAS and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia met Sultan Sallehuddin in Kuala Lumpur.
On Tuesday (May 12), two assemblymen from PKR, Azman Nasrudin (Lunas) and Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam), quit the party and expressed support for the Perikatan government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
On the same day, Kedah Opposition chief Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor announced 19 out of 36 Kedah assemblymen had lost confidence in Mukhriz's leadership. – Bernama
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