I'm still Menteri Besar, says Mukhriz

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir says he is still Kedah Menteri Besar and the state government under his leadership is operating as usual, dismissing claims of a collapse.

Mukhriz stressed that any changes to the state government and the position of the Menteri Besar would involve the Sultan of Kedah.

"I am still here. The news on my (political) death is highly exaggerated. As of now, I am still the MB and the government still exists.

"We can only determine such a claim based on the decision by those with the authority to do so, not through a press conference by the opposition.

"As long as the process, which involves the Sultan, is not completed, this government shall continue to operate as usual, which is why today's Exco meeting can proceed," he told a press conference in Alor Setar, today.

Mukhriz said the Exco meeting decided to propose to the Sultan that any decision regarding the fate of the MB would be made through the state assembly sitting.

The proposal, he said, would be submitted to the Sultan's office within the next couple of days.

"To me, this method is more transparent and if the opposition wishes so, they can propose a motion of no confidence on the MB or the government can move a motion of confidence on the MB.

"If the opposition has the majority, it will mean the government has collapsed.

"We want a civilised discussion on this matter unlike what happened in Melaka (state assembly) recently," he said.

Yesterday state opposition leader Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said 23 out of 36 Kedah assemblymen have pledged loyalty to the Perikatan Nasional (PN) bloc and have lost confidence in Mukhriz via statutory declarations (SD).

"I am not saying the SD is invalid but assemblymen can sign two SDs in one day and so, we must follow proper procedures," he said.

Yesterday, two of his party members Mohd Firdaus Ahmad (Kuah) and Juhari Bulat (Ayer Hangat) confirmed that they have lost confidence in Mukhriz's leadership although a couple of months ago they pledged loyalty to the Jerlun Member of Parliament.

When asked for his comments on this, Mukhriz expressed sadness with the duo's statement, describing it as a betrayal.

"It seems that the year 2020 is a season of betrayal. It already happened at the federal level before, anyway.

"I'm just wondering why we need to do all this during this trying time when we as leaders are supposed to do extra work for the people during the Covid-19 pandemic and this Ramadhan month.

"If they (the opposition) are not impatient, they would wait until after Hari Raya."

Source: New Straits Times

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