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ALOR STAR, Feb 1, 2016:

The turmoil plaguing Kedah over the Menteri Besar’s post at the moment is still playing out.

People interviewed by The Rakyat Post in a survey here over the weekend, generally want Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to continue leading the state.

When met at the trading centre of Pekan Rabu, here, a businessman Hassan Yaacob, 54, said the Ayer Hitam assemblyman was one who loved to be close to the rakyat.

“We want a Menteri Besar who knows the rakyat’s problems. And he (Mukhriz) has no obvious weaknesses.

“The people like him, but whoever is elected to the post, we have to accept it,” he added.

The general sentiment was that Mukhriz was still a favourable option to continue developing the state.

Abdul Rashid Jumaat, 55, said Mukhriz should be given a chance to do just that.

He opined that the time-frame of less than three years was not enough to see major changes.

“The people must give him a chance to bring more development because as of now, he is just continuing the legacy left behind by former Menteri Besar, the late Tan Sri Azizan Razak.

“Give him a chance to bring change,” Abdul Rashid said.

Habsah Shuib, 49, said, Mukhriz was always interested in knowing the progess of the traders in Pekan Rabu.

“Why must we change the Menteri Besar? What did he do? He is not utilising the rakyat’s money (for his own good),” she said.

However, a 65-year-old trader here who declined to be named said Mukhriz should abide by the decision of Kedah Umno which wanted him removed from the post.

He added the issue would not become big if Mukhriz would let go of his position and did not question, or delay the matter.

“He has to step down, the people don’t like him,” he added.

The Kedah Menteri Besar crisis began following a Press conference led by the state’s Umno liaison deputy chairman Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah who declared that a majority of the party’s leaders in the northern state had lost confidence in Mukhriz’s leadership.

This was followed by a meeting between the group and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur.

Last week, Najib had reportedly said he had met with the chairman of the Kedah Regency Council and presented three names as options to replace Mukhriz.

Yesterday, Bernama reported that the state’s assemblymen were set to meet the Kedah Regency Council at Wisma Darul Aman at 2pm today.

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