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PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11, 2016:

“When? As what?” was how Padang Terap Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid responded when reporters asked him about his appointment as the deputy chairman of the Kedah Umno Liaison Committee today. “I have had no opportunity to read the statement yet,” he said after being informed that Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had announced his appointment earlier in the day. Tengku Adnan had also announced that Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah had been appointed the chairman of the committee, replacing Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir. Mahdzir, who is Education Minister, was posed the question during his working visit to the Putrajaya Education Department here. He thanked Prime Minister and Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the trust in him, adding he had a huge responsibility to help Ahmad Bashah to strengthen the party in Kedah and enhance the people’s confidence in the government. Mahdzir was appointed deputy chairman to take over from Ahmad Bashah. “In the party (Umno), we have to come up with a comprehensive programme. As for the people (outside the party), we have to convince them that the government is with them,” he said. The restructuring of the Kedah Umno leadership followed the appointment of Ahmad Bashah as the Menteri Besar on Feb 4 after the resignation of Mukhriz a day earlier.

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