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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24, 2016:

Kedah is at stake for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election (GE14) following the recent conflict involving the state’s Menteri Besar.

This is the opinion of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) political analyst Prof Madya Dr Azizuddin Mohd Sani.

He said the situation was obviously de-stabilising the state which had been under the leadership of Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir for almost three years.

He added that the state had a good administration under Mukhriz.

“Actually, Kedah is already stable after BN took over after the last general election.

“Umno is stable, while the Opposition parties, especially PAS and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), are fighting one another. Regarding the country’s prospects, Kedah can still remain under the BN leadership.

“But when things like this happen, it becomes shaky. As Mukhriz has no issues at all, though he is not great as an administrator, he is considered okay when it comes to the state’s economic and political stability. Besides, people are also happy with his leadership,” he said when asked to comment about the political fiasco in Kedah.

Azizuddin felt that Mukhriz deserved to be given the chance to retain his post as Menteri Besar as well as Kedah Umno liaison chairman until the next general election.

This, he said, was because should Mukhriz be replaced permanently by another candidate, it would likely have an impact on Umno and BN in the next general election as it would cause unhappiness among the people.

“This issue involves the people. If they are angry, BN will lose the next election if they vote for the Opposition or refuse to vote at all.

“So, from what we can see now, Kedah is at stake, caused by a conflict involving a power struggle within Umno,” he added.

Mukhriz faces pressure after 14 Kedah Umno division chiefs urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to change the leadership.

They claimed that it was due to Mukhriz’s failure to prepare the party for the next general election.

However, up until now, there has been no final decision made by the Prime Minister who is also Umno president with regard to the demand by the division heads led by Kedah Umno liaison deputy chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

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