KUALA LUMPUR: Removing Mukhriz Mahathir from his party post can be done at Prime Minister Najib Razak’s will, but stripping him of his post as the state’s head of administration, was a little more complicated.
Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah speaking to reporters outside Parliament lobby here today, said any attempt to remove Mukhriz from his post as menteri besar had to be done in a democratic manner, in accordance with the Federal Constitution.
“That depends on the leadership structure there. It is up to the party president (Najib).
“If you want to change his (Mukhriz) position in the party, you can do so but if you want to change him as Menteri Besar, it must be done according to the Constitution,” said Razaleigh, who is fondly known as Ku Li.
He also said that there was a possibility of Mukhriz having been made the scapegoat and punished for the verbal attacks of his father, Dr Mahathir Mohammad, who was a harsh critic of Najib.
Ku Li was commenting on the surprise call by Kedah Umno Deputy Chairman Ahmad Bashah Md Hanifah last week to have Mukhriz replaced for allegedly failing to administer the state government effectively, unite Kedah Umno and prepare for the 14 General Election.
Ahmad Bashah also claimed that Umno Kedah had enough numbers to vote Mukhriz out.
Rumours are rife at present that Ahmad Bashah is one of the potential candidates to replace Mukhriz as MB.
Najib is yet to announce a decision on the matter.