Zahid to have an audience with Sultan Nazrin today


UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) is scheduled to have an audience with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at Istana Kinta, Perak, today following the latest political crisis in the state.

According to sources, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, will see the ruler at 10am, believed to submit the name of Umno candidate to be appointed as the new mentri besar of Perak.

The post of Perak mentri besar fell vacant after Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu announced his resignation last Saturday after failing to obtain the vote of confidence in the State Assembly last Friday.

Ahmad Faizal garnered 10 votes. Forty-eight assemblymen voted against him and one abstained. The motion was brought by BN assemblyman for Pengkalan Baru Datuk Abd Manap Hashim.

The Perak State Assembly comprises 25 Umno assemblymen, DAP (16), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (5), Parti Amanah Negara (5), PKR (3), PAS (3), and one each from Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia and Independent.