ALOR SETAR, May 17 2020: Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir today resigned from his post as Kedah Mentri Besar.
Mukhriz, who had won the Jitra state seat in 2018 said he had lost majority support in the state assembly and, with his resignation, the state executive line-up was also automatically dissolved
He said it was clear that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wanted him out because of his stance against Umno and the proposal of his father Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for a no-confidence motion against Muhyiddin in parliament.
“I’m contesting the presidency (of Pribumi Bersatu) against Muhyiddin. So, perhaps he is not so confident, hence the action to topple me. I feel I will be able to beat him as party president,” he said during a press conference at Wisma Darul Aman.
Mukhriz also blamed Muhyiddin for “surrendering” the positions of Johor MB and Melaka chief minister to Umno, adding that “soon, the Perak MB too will fall”.
He also accused former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of being the “real protagonist” leading to his resignation.
PAS will once again return to power in Kedah with its Jeneri assemblyman Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor to take over as the new mentri besar.
Sanusi is to be sworn in before Kedah Ruler Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah later today at Wisma Darul Aman here.
On Tuesday, after the two PKR assemblymen, Azman Nasrudin (Lunas) and Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam), changed sides and triggering the collapse of the PH state government, Sanusi announced that 19 out of 36 Kedah assemblymen had lost confidence in Mukhriz’s leadership.
This was the second time Mukhriz has had to resign from the mentri besar post having been forced to do the same in 2016.