PETALING JAYA: Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir has retained his post in the state after receiving support from assemblymen belonging to various parties.
The menteri besar said the Kedah government now consists of Pakatan Harapan and PPBM.
“Everything remains the same, except that we are now known as the Pakatan Harapan-Bersatu government in Kedah,” Mukhriz said.
Mukhriz had an audience with Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah, earlier this morning to discuss the current political crisis in the federal government and how it impacted the state government.
He said he had submitted a letter with signatures from 18 assemblymen supporting him to the sultan.
“The Sultan accepted the support letters. We urge the rakyat to remain calm,” he told reporters during a press conference at his residence in Seri Mentaloon at noon today.
PKR, Amanah and DAP leaders were present at the press conference to declare their support for Mukhriz.
PPBM’s pullout from PH earlier this week had left several state governments in a minority position, with Kedah – the home state of Dr Mahathir Mohamad – being most vulnerable.
There are 36 state legislative assembly seats in Kedah, with PAS occupying 15, PPBM six, PKR seven, Amanah four, DAP two and Umno two.