Negri to show the way, says MB


KUALA PILAH: Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, who will serve his second term as Mentri Besar, wants the newly-elected unity government in Negri Sembilan to set an example for other states.

He said the state unity government must prove that it can work for the wellbeing of the people and develop Negri Sembilan.

“We know the nation is watching us. We must prove that this team can be relied upon and can work.

“We need to show we are more balanced and that we are committed to bringing changes for the better,” he told reporters after being sworn in before the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at Istana Besar Seri Menanti near here yesterday.

Also present were Tuanku Muhriz’s consort Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud and the Undang (chieftains) of Sungai Ujong, Jelebu, Johol and Rembau.

Aminuddin will also be serving his fourth term as Sikamat assemblyman.

The Mentri Besar advised all Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional assemblymen to go to the ground and start serving their constituents.

He also hoped to announce the names of the state executive council in the next few days.

“I hope to meet state Barisan leaders tomorrow (today) or anytime soon to discuss this.

“Once we have come to an agreement, we will take this to be endorsed by the central leadership,” he said, adding that under the state constitution, only 10 executive councillors could be appointed.

On whether deputy exco positions would be created, Aminuddin said this had not been discussed.

He said the legislative assembly speaker post would be decided after the swearing-in ceremony of the assemblymen.

“Until then, the present Speaker (Datuk Zulkefly Mohamad Omar) will continue to hold the post,” he added.

On whether his administration was prepared to work with Perikatan Nasional assemblymen in the five constituencies where the Pakatan-Barisan pact had lost, Aminuddin said the Opposition assemblymen needed to look into serving their constituents on their own for now.

“We will discuss matters with them later. For now, I think its best if they are allowed to serve their constituents on their own first,” he said.

In Saturday’s state polls, the Pakatan-Barisan pact won 31 of the 36 seats in the legislative assembly.

Pakatan won 17 with the DAP bagging 11, PKR five, and Amanah one. Umno, as part of Barisan, won 14. Perikatan Nasional won five seats – three by PAS and two by Bersatu.

Born on Jan 2, 1967, in Kampung Pachitan, Port Dickson, Aminuddin, 56, and his wife Datin Seri Wan Hasni Wan Yusof, 53, have five children.

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