MELAKA: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali quashed rumours that he has resigned as the Melaka Chief Minister.
"I am still the Chief Minister and only recently returned back from a business trip from Sarajevo (the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina), where Melaka Industrial and Investment Committee chairman Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh had accompanied me," he said in a statement Thursday (May 12).
Sulaiman said he believed the attempt to spread the rumours about his resignation was politically motivated and to destabilise the state government.
Earlier, Rauf, who is also Tanjung Bidara assemblyman, said that there was no reason for him and others in Melaka Umno to go after Sulaiman, as they had pledged to adhere to Barisan Nasional’s manifesto for the Melaka state elections in November, last year.
The manifesto had named Sulaiman as the coalition’s candidate for the Chief Minister’s post.
Several Umno insiders told The Star that attempts were being made to nominate Sulaiman as the Melaka Barisan Nasional and Umno chairman.
The move was to strengthen Sulaiman's position as Chief Minister, as well as his standing in the party and the ruling coalition.