Kedah to see a new MB?

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PETALING JAYA: The Kedah Menteri Besar crisis may be coming to an end after it was reported that Mukhriz Mahathir will be replaced after all, Berita Harian Online (BHO) reported.

Mukhriz, according to the portal, was allegedly informed about the matter by the Kedah Palace.

BHO was informed by Mukhriz’s press secretary Mohd Fisol Jaafar at 11.30pm last night that a press conference is to be held at Wisma Darul Aman at 10am this morning, although no further details were divulged.

An assemblyman who spoke to BHO claimed the Kedah Council of Regency decided on the matter after it had met with 21 Barisan Nasional and 15 Opposition assemblymen.

“The Council was satisfied with the statements made by the assemblymen and we are awaiting an important decision by the State Secretary.”

The Kedah Menteri Besar crisis erupted when 14 Kedah Umno chiefs, led by Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah held a press conference on January 20, urging Prime Minister Najib Razak to remove Mukhriz as Menteri Besar and state Umno chief.

The divisional chiefs alleged that Mukhriz had failed to manage the state efficiently and did not have any of strategic plan for Kedah Umno to face the next general elections.

It was also alleged that Mukhriz, said to be nicknamed the “absent MB”, had sent his representatives to attend events on his behalf in the past.

The recent revolt against Mukhriz is believed by many to be in retaliation to the persistent attacks that his father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has levelled against Najib and his administration.

The Jerlun lawmaker was appointed Kedah’s Menteri Besar in 2013.