KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21, 2016:
Former newsmen turned prominent bloggers are predicting the end for embattled Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s reign in the state government.
Veteran journalist Datuk Ahirudin Attan, popularly known as Rocky Bru, implied that the reason why Mukhriz was receiving opposition was coherently due to the actions of his father, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, in his continued onslaught and criticism against the current government administration..
“The main reason why the Umno leaders in the state want Mukhriz replaced is because Dr Mahathir has decided to keep up attacks on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“You don’t expect all the president’s men (and women) in Kedah to remain idle, do you? Sooner or later, something had to give.
“Mukhriz said he’s a rakyat’s Menteri Besar with the Sultan’s consent.
“But he was picked and put there by Najib. The Prime Minister and Umno president is his boss, whether he likes it or not.
“He won’t be the first Menteri Besar to be removed and he won’t be the last for failing to show support for the boss,” wrote Ahirudin on his official blog, rockybru.com, earlier today.
Meanwhile, veteran newsman and former minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said that Mukhriz’s reign over the state would surely come to an end.
Claiming that Najib would allow the “mutiny” against Mukhriz to continue, Zainuddin said that those loyal to Najib would not cease in their disapproval and objection towards the current Menteri Besar.
“Although Mukhriz will try to protect his position, he will fall in the end as Najib must uphold his position by any means necessary and he feels that he is in a strong position now to commence a political cleansing.”
However, he also claimed that Barisan Nasional’s (BN) victory in Kedah was due to the fact that Mukhriz was paraded at the front of BN’s campaign in the state.
“Whatever it is, the people know what Mukhriz has done. There are no stories of corruption and misconduct like what was noted under the leadership of previous leaders and their image is too damaged for them to return and administer Kedah.
“The wants and needs of the ordinary people and the housing benefit of the Malays were prioritised rather than large projects that only fill the pockets of a number of people,” he wrote on his official blog, zamkata.blogspot.my.
Zainuddin added that he expected the opposition against Mukhriz to further intensify over the coming days.
Yesterday, Kedah Umno leaders appealed to Najib to make immediate changes to the party’s top leadership in the state.
The announcement was made by Kedah Umno deputy liaison committee chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah after holding a closed-door meeting with the state assemblymen and parliamentarians.
In response Mukhriz insisted that his position as Menteri Besar was mandated by the people and based upon the consent of the Sultan of Kedah, following a proposal made by the Prime Minister.