PETALING JAYA: The Kedah Menteri Besar crisis has created a big division in the state Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN), PasMa chief Pahrolradzi Zawawi said today.
He said the two factions – one backing Mukhriz Mahathir as the menteri besar, and another supporting his deputy, Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, were influential in their own way.
“Mukhriz may not have the support from the top leadership (of Umno), but he has backing from the secondary and grassroots levels as he is seen as a young leader with calibre.
“In fact, based on our (Opposition) research, before Mukhriz became the MB, he commanded the support of youngsters. The people saw him as someone who could return the power to BN in the last general election.
“In fact, their (Kedah Umno leaders) attempts to remove Mukhriz is a mistake,” he told FMT.
“The other camp led by Ahmad Bashah, does have some support but it is among division leaders and assemblymen only.”
Pahrolrazi, who is also Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) committee member, said the Kedah crisis has provided a platform for the Opposition to regain power in the state.
“The crisis (of removing Mukhriz), coupled with unresolved national issues will affect BN’s image in the next general election.”