Melaka governor granting audience to political parties earliest Thursday (Oct 7)

MELAKA (Bernama): Representatives of political parties will not be able to have an audience with Melaka Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam(pic) until Thursday (Oct 7) at the earliest, says the governor's special secretary Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad.

He said this was because Mohd Ali's self-quarantine period since Sept 30 after coming in close contact with Covid-19 positive individuals would end by then.

"The date for an audience will depend on when he comes into office.

"If he comes in on Friday (Oct 8), he will probably decide to have a meeting that day. It all depends on him," he told Bernama when contacted here Tuesday (Oct 5).

Nur Azmi also confirmed that he had received a letter from Melaka Pakatan Harapan chairman Adly Zahari on Monday (Oct 4), seeking an audience with Mohd Ali to discuss the ongoing political crisis in the state.

On Monday, former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron (BN-Sungai Udang), Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (BN-Pantai Kundor), Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Independent-Pengkalan Batu) and Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas) declared they were withdrawing their support as they had lost confidence in Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali's leadership.

With this development, the state government has technically collapsed

The Barisan Nasional-led Melaka government is represented by 17 assemblymen, comprising 14 from Umno, two from Bersatu and one Barisan-friendly Independent, while the Opposition has 11 seats, namely seven from DAP, and two each from PKR and Amanah, respectively. – Bernama

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