ALOR STAR — February 1, 2016: Twenty of the 21 Barisan Nasional state assemblymen today met with the Regency Council of the Sultan of Kedah at Wisma Darul Aman here today.
The meeting in related to the political crisis involving the position of Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as mentri besar. The media was not allowed into Wisma Darul Aman.
It is understood that at the outset the meeting involved only the 20 assemblymen. It is learnt that Mukhriz was later called in by three members of the council after the meeting with the other assemblymen.
At 4.25pm, a vehicle ferrying Mukhriz, who is also Ayer Hitam assemblyman, was seen heading towards the venue.
Kedah Umno deputy liaison chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md. Hanipah told the media that he merely replied to questions posed by the council and was not told of any decision.
“They asked two, three questions. I don’t know of any outcome,” he said, declining to comment further when leaving Wisma Darul Aman around 5.50pm.
Guar Chempedak assemblyman Datuk Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail said he was unsure how long the issue would drag and declined to comment further.
“I want to go home and rest, I don’t know how long this issue will drag on. Nocomment…I cannot comment, we meet next time,” he said.
Another state assemblyman said all the assemblymen were individually called to state their stand on the issue involving Mukhriz.
“After meeting one after the other we straightaway left,” he said, while declining to comment further.
The official vehicle ferrying Kedah Regency Council chairman Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah was seen leaving Wisma Darul Aman at 5.20pm, followed by the official car of the MB.
A vehicle carrying a member of the council, Tunku Tan Sri Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah arrived at Wisma Darul Aman at 2.40pm, followed by another member, Tan Sri Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Almarhum Sultan Badlishah at 2.55pm. Tunku Sallehuddin arrived at 3pm.
The crisis was triggered after several assemblymen and senior leaders of the state Umno, headed by Bashah, openly said on January 20 that they had lost confidence in the leadership of Mukhriz. — Bernama