KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22, 2016:

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said that the vote of no confidence against Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir was neither a major crisis nor something new in the nation’s political climate.

He said that there were various reasons why a Menteri Besar or a Chief Minister was replaced, pointing out that either the individual no longer had the support of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Sultan, lost the confidence of the party or openly clashed with the Prime Minister.

“In Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ajib Ahmad’s case, it was because he openly opposed Dr Mahathir, the then Prime Minister. Dr Mahathir then replaced him with Muhyiddin Yassin in 1986.

“In Nik Hassan Wan Abdul Rahman’s case, however, it was because he did not get along with the Terengganu Palace. So in 1974, Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had to remove him as the Terengganu Menteri Besar and replace him with Datuk Seri Amar Diraja Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar Ahmad.

“Mohamed Ghazali Jawi, the Perak Menteri Besar also clashed with the Sultan, so in 1977 Prime Minister Tun Hussein Onn was forced to ask him to resign and Wan Mohamed Wan Teh took over as the new Perak MB,” he said on his official blog today.

He added that the matter was not only confined within the Barisan Nasional administration and pointed out that in 1977 the Kelantan Menteri Besar at the time, PAS’s Datuk Muhammad Nasir was replaced by Tan Sri Mohamed Yaacob and more recently, the former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was replaced by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“At the end of the day, whatever the case may be, the Prime Minister still has to listen to what the state party or the state Ruler wants, and if the Menteri Besar no longer commands the confidence of his own party or of the Palace, then appropriate action needs to be taken.

“The Prime Minister will, of course, have to first gather feedback before deciding what to do. So it is best that this matter be left in the hands of the Prime Minister. Whatever decision the Prime Minister makes will definitely be one that takes all opinions and matters into consideration.”

Salleh also claimed that the only reason why the issue received massive attention was due to the fact that Mukhriz was the son of former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

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