by TMR/ pic by BERNAMA
JENERI state assemblyman Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor (picture) is the new Kedah mentri besar (MB) after his appointment was consented by Sultan Kedah Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at 3.05pm yesterday at the Office of the Sultan of Kedah at Wisma Darul Aman, Alor Setar.
Kedah state secretary Datuk Ammar Shaikh Mahmood Naim had earlier informed that the Sultan of Kedah met with all state assemblymen last Friday and found that Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir no longer had the support of the majority.
“His Majesty has consented to the resignation of Datuk Seri Mukhriz as MB and that of the state executive councillors, in line with Article 37(6) of the Kedah State Constitution.
“He also consented to the appointment of Jeneri state assemblyman as the new MB as he has the support of the majority in accordance with the provisions under Article 35 and 37(2)(a) of the Kedah State Constitution,” Bernama reported him as saying.
Mukhriz announced his resignation yesterday as the state MB with immediate effect.
Mukhriz said this was after he had lost the majority support in the state legislative assembly.
“This morning I had informed Tuanku Sultan that I have lost majority support among the state assemblymen, and therefore I am relinquishing my position as MB of Kedah Darul Aman with immediate effect.
“I pray that Allah will continue to bless Kedah and its people with peace and prosperity,” he said.
Mukhriz also thanked all state and federal government staff whom he said had cooperated well in the efforts to realise the state’s approach and policies throughout his leadership.
Mukhriz, who is currently Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president, said with his resignation, the positions of all state executive council members are automatically relinquished as well.
Speaking further, Mukhriz said the political upheaval that saw two PKR assemblymen quitting their party led to the Bersatu and Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance losing its majority hold in the Kedah state assembly.
Following this, Mukhriz said four more assemblymen from Bersatu then pledged their support for Perikatan Nasional (PN), which left the PH-Bersatu alliance with only 13 state seats as opposed to PN’s 23.
“I have accepted this situation and I am relinquishing the MB post with an open heart. Whatever happens politically at the federal level, my friends in PH and I are ready to soldier on as the Opposition in Kedah until the state legislative assembly is dissolved,” he said.
Last Tuesday, two PKR assemblymen — Azman Nasrudin (Lunas) and Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam) — announced that they had quit the party.
On the same day, Muhammad Sanusi said 19 out of 36 Kedah state assemblymen had lost confidence in Mukhriz’s leadership.