ALOR STAR — January 20, 2016: The majority of Kedah Umno leaders today expressed no-confidence in Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the mentri besar and chairman of the state Umno liaison committee.
This stand was announced by the state’s Umno liaison deputy chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md. Hanifah after a closed-door meeting with almost all Umno assemblymen and members of parliament. Heads of the state Umno Youth, Puteri and Wanita wings also attended.
Among those who attended were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and MP for Jerai Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom; Deputy Defence
Minister and MP for Kubang Pasu Datuk Johari Baharom and Tabung Haji chairman and MP for Baling Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim.
Reading out a two-page statement, Bashah appealed to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to act immediately to resolve what he described as a crisis.
“We ask the prime minister to immediately make changes to the state leadership for the sake of Kedah Umno.
“We ask the prime minister to drop Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the mentri besar of Kedah because the people have lost confidence in his leadership.”
Bashah said that since Mukhriz’s appointment as mentri besar, there have been many problems including the denial of support for the Umno president and views which confused the people.
“We have gathered to appeal to the prime minister to change the mentri besar of Kedah and chairman of the Kedah Umno liaison committee,” said Bashah.
He said the immediate action was necessary to safeguard the party and Kedahans.
“As far as we are concerned, all the elected representatives present here this evening will give our undivided support to whoever is selected by the prime minister to replace Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.” — Bernama