Azlan to seek advice from Umno top dogs over state exco

Newly sworn-in Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man at a press conference here today.

ARAU: Newly minted Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man has been left in a quandary over how he will form his state executive council following the no-show by nine Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen at his swearing-in ceremony earlier today.

He said he would have to raise the matter with Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is performing the duties of the president, and the party’s vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein, who is carrying out the duties of the deputy president.

“I need to get their views and guidance. I will also offer my views on the best formula to enable the formation of a state executive council, who will then form the state government,” he said at a press conference here today.

The Bintong assemblyman was earlier sworn in as menteri besar for a second term at the Istana Arau before Perlis Raja Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail. However, the nine other BN assemblymen were not present at the swearing in, and were reported to have flown to Kuala Lumpur.

BN’s sole MP, Noor Amin Ahmad, attended the ceremony along with the state representatives from Pakatan Harapan (PH) and PAS.

The no-show by the BN representatives had earlier caused Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin to voice his displeasure over their absence.

At the press conference, Azlan expressed his gratitude to the Perlis Raja for entrusting him with the menteri besar post for a second term.

“I believe the time has now come to serve the people based on the mandate given. I myself am committed to carrying out my duties as menteri besar in the best way and according to my capabilities.”

He said his job was made more difficult by the fact that the Perlis government was now an opposition government.

However, he pledged to do his best, and expressed hope that the state government would get support from all state representatives, especially those from BN, to help carry out the development agenda in Perlis.

When asked whether he would pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Azlan said this would not be anything new. In the past, he added, the BN-led federal government had also continued its relations with the opposition-led state governments.

“We will continue the federal-state relationship. I believe the federal government sees what Perlis is going through.

“In general, the PH manifesto focuses on resolving issues affecting the rakyat. I do not think the PH-led federal government will marginalise Malaysians,” he said.

Until yesterday, Perlis was the only state in the country without a menteri besar, despite BN securing a two-thirds majority, winning 10 out of the 15 state seats it contested.

PH won three state seats (Kuala Perlis, Sena and Indera Kayangan), while PAS secured the remaining two (Sanglang and Guar Sanji).

Perlis Raja outraged over no-show by BN reps