ALOR STAR, Jan 31, 2016:
A meeting between Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen and members of the Kedah Regency Council is expected to be held tomorrow, believed to be related to the political crisis involving the position of Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Menteri Besar.
Several state assemblymen had been informed of the meeting which is expected to be held at Wisma Darul Aman here at 2pm tomorrow.
A state assemblyman who declined to be named said he had received the information through Whatsapp but declined to comment further.
“No letters but I have received the message to be present at the meeting tomorrow,” he told Bernama here today.
Another assemblyman said he received the message on the matter and was contacted by an officer from Wisma Darul Aman.
Meanwhile, a state assemblyman confirmed he would be attending the meeting and it is learnt the state assemblymen would be summoned to meet the council one by one.
The political environment in Kedah reached boiling point recently when Mukhriz came under pressure from Kedah Umno state assemblymen and Members of Parliament as well as senior state party leaders, headed by Kedah Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
They openly voiced their opinion that they had lost confidence in Mukhriz’s leadership as Menteri Besar and Umno Liaison Committee chairman while 19 of the 21 BN state assemblymen comprising 17 from Umno and two from the MCA are believed to have signed a statutory declaration.
On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak held an audience with Regency Council chairman Tunku Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, who is also the Tunku Temenggong of Kedah, at Istana Darul Aman, Bukit Persekutuan, in the federal capital to discuss about a change of Menteri Besar.
Also present at the 30-minute meeting were two other council members, the Tunku Laksamana of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani and the Tunku Panglima Besar of Kedah, Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Shafinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
At a media conference on the same day after chairing an Umno Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Najib was reported as saying that he had presented several proposals to the Regency Council chairman on the Menteri Besar crisis.