All eyes will be fixed on Kedah and Johor over possible changes of state leadership
by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by TMR FILE
THE state administrations in Kedah, Melaka and Johor are expecting changes, including in leadership, following the withdrawal of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia from Pakatan Harapan (PH).
All eyes will be fixed on Kedah and Johor over possible changes in state leadership.
In Kedah, Bersatu’s pull-out sees PH losing majority to PAS and Barisan Nasional (BN) which collectively have 17 seats. The potential realignment of Bersatu with PAS and BN may lead to a sweeping reshuffle of the assembly in the northern state. Kedah’s current Mentri Besar (MB) is Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (picture; above).
Changes in Kedah will likely take place once the situation at the federal level settles. Speculation is rife that Mukhriz may be considered for a role in the new government after he expressed willingness to take on bigger roles if required.
Over in Johor, PH’s grip on the state — a traditional Umno stronghold — has weakened after Bersatu’s exit as the party holds 11 seats.
In addition to Bersatu, the current composition of the state assembly are Umno with 14 seats, DAP (14), Parti Amanah Negara (9), PKR (5), MIC (2) and PAS (1).
If Bersatu sides with the BN-PAS alliance, the state assembly would have a command of 28 votes each from the two main coalitions.
The political turmoil at the federal level has left several PH-led state assemblies in a minority position, including Perak.
Perak MB Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu retained his position after commanding majority support in the state assembly, he confirmed in a statement yesterday.
He added that all 10 members of its state executive council will continue to assume their duties.
The Perak Bersatu chief was granted an audience with Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah on Monday.
PH won 29 of the 59 state seats contested in the last general elections (GE) in May 2018, which comprise 18 from DAP, six from Amanah, four from PKR and one from Bersatu. The remaining seats are held by BN with 27 seats, PAS (3) and an independent.
None of the coalition had a simple majority until two BN representatives gave their support to PH, which allowed the coalition to form a state government.
In Melaka, Chief Minister Adly Zahari initially bid farewell to the governing state via Twitter as PH no longer holds majority in the state legislative assembly.
The Melaka PH chairman tweeted: “Thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to lead you. Although it was a short period of time, I tried to do my best to eliminate your hunger, ignorance and pain. Pray for the best.” However, an online news portal later reported Adly as saying that he is still chief minister and the administration is running normally.
Other states are not affected by the changes in Putrajaya as PH has a significant advantage in Selangor and Penang.
The Selangor state government said it will continue to respect the mandate entrusted to the PH coalition by the people in the last GE, to implement agendas beneficial for the people.
Selangor MB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in a statement said the stance is taken following a meeting with the chairman of Selangor PH component parties and the state’s Bersatu chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari.
“Tuanku has given his consent for the Selangor state government administration to function and operate as usual,” Amirudin said in a statement.
BN remains dominant in Pahang and Perlis, while PAS continues to defend its presence in Kelantan and Terengganu. Parti Warisan Sabah is most influential in Sabah.