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Pakatan loses Kedah after defection by two PKR assemblymen

This was the second time Kedah Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had his administration collapsed due to losing majority support with the first being in 2016 when he was still with Umno.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

ALOR SETAR – May 12, 2020: The Kedah Pakatan Harapan government fell today after two PKR assemblymen quit their party and pledged to have “friendly relations” with Perikatan Nasional, bringing an end to an issue that has been the subject of much speculation in the media in recent days.

The departure of Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam) and Azman Nasarudin (Lunas) from PKR means that Perikatan now has the majority needed to form a new government — 19 seats (PAS 15; Umno 2) compared to Pakatan’s 17.

At a press conference, Ling and Azman said they lost confidence in the leadership of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and would now remain as Perikatan-friendly independents.

This is the second time Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has lost his hold on the administration for losing majority support, the first being in 2016 when he was with Umno.

There is also much speculation that PAS assemblyman for Jeneri, Muhammad Sanusi Md. Nor, a former political secretary to late MB Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, will succeed Mukhriz.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.