Ahmad Faizal Azumu accepts vote of confidence loss 'wholeheartedly'

IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu accepts the loss of confidence against him wholeheartedly.

Following the vote, Faizal said he would abide by the decision for the benefit of the people.

"We should not prolong politicking in the current situation, I will ensure that the transition of power will be done smoothly," he said during the state assembly sitting on Friday (Dec 4).

A motion of confidence was moved by Pengkalan Baru assemblyman Datuk Abdul Manaf Hashim, which saw only 10 votes supporting the Chenderiang assemblyman and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president.

Forty-eight assemblymen did not support him while one abstained.

The Perak state assembly has 25 Umno assemblymen, 16 from DAP, five from Bersatu, five from Amanah, three from Keadilan, three from PAS, one from Gerakan and and one independent assemblyman.

Faizal also thanked the state executive council members from Perikatan Nasional and his former Pakatan Harapan comrades that he had worked with, and urged for reforms in the state to continue.

"I hope that we can now move on to ensure that the work that we do is for the state and not for our own legacy. Let us continue to support the efforts by the former Pakatan government that have been continued by the current government," he said.

"To all the government-linked companies, let's not do redundant things while government officials need to be efficient and need not wait for meetings to make decisions for things that can be delivered to the people," he added.

Faizal said that despite being "alone", he was given the opportunity to serve the state as the Mentri Besar.

"I thank the Perak Sultan for this opportunity and it has been a great honour to serve our beloved state. Let us continue together to fix what is wrong," he added.

Prior to the motion, Pengkalan Baru assemblyman Datuk Abdul Manaf Hashim said there was a need to legitimise the support for Faizal.

He said a leader needs legitimacy as questions have been asked whether the state government helmed by Faizal was a backdoor government.

"To reject this, we need to either have a snap election or to legitimise the support in this august hall," he said.

"People might say that we are always politicking even at this time but my answer is simple.

"We need a committed and indisputable leadership that can lead Perak in facing challenges in the future," he said.

Abdul Manaf also said that Umno and DAP - the biggest parties from both the state government and the Opposition - had issues with Faizal but they did not work together to topple him.

"In the 22 months when Pakatan Harapan was in power, DAP also tried to oust him and Umno also had issues with him; the state party liaison chairman had said that he was not consulted when Faizal appointed one of its assemblymen as his political secretary," he added.

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