LANGKAWI, May 13 2020: Two Pribumi Bersatu assemblymen from Langkawi have confirmed that they no longer support Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the Kedah Menteri Besar .
Ayer Hangat assemblyman Juhari Bulat and his Kuah counterpart Mohd Firdaus Ahmad said last night that they are giving their support to the formation of the new state government.
Ayer Hangat and Kuah are within the Langkawi parliamentary constituency which member of parliament is Mukhriz’s father Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Juhari, who is also the Kedah State Assembly deputy speaker said their move was to stay aligned with the Pribumi Bersatu leadership at the federal government level.
He said he wanted a new Kedah government which can work alongside Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is now the country’s prime minister.
He added that his decision was supported by the grassroots in the Ayer Hangat state constituency.
Mohd Firdaus, in his statement said the question of party hopping does not arise as he was merely supporting the Pribumi Bersatu’s central leadership.
Meanwhile, Kedah opposition leader Muhamad Sanusi Md Nor says 23 of the 36 assemblymen in the state are now calling for a new government to be installed.
Speaking at a press conference in Alor Star today, he said they had all signed statutory declarations (SDs) to that effect which had been passed to the state secretary and will be presented to the Kedah sultan.
He also said one candidate for the position of menteri besar had been nominated by the three parties under Perikatan Nasional.
Sanusi said those who are against Mukhriz as menteri besar comprised 15 assemblymen from PAS, four from Pribumi Bersatu, two from Barisan Nasional, and the two independents who are formerly with PKR.
He said the four from Pribumi Bersatu were Ku Rahman Ku Ismail (Guar Chempedak), Halimaton Shaadiah Saad (Bukit Kayu Hitam), Mohd Firdaus (Kuah) and Juhari (Ayer Hangat).
Mukhriz, who is the Jitra assemblyman now only have the support of Amiruddin Hamzah of Anak Bukit from his own party in the state assembly.