Kedah ruler to meet all 36 assemblymen tomorrow

Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir (right) welcomes Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah at the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: As the political impasse in Kedah continues, all 36 assemblymen in the state are scheduled to have an audience with Sultan Salehuddin Sultan Badlishah at Wisma Darul Aman here tomorrow.

Bernama reported that several assemblymen from Perikatan Nasional (PN), Pakatan Harapan (PH) and independents confirmed the matter when contacted today.

It quoted Alor Mengkudu assemblyman Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi as saying he received an invitation letter from Istana Anak Bukit to be present “for the evening session”

DAP’s Teh Swee Leong (Kota Darul Aman) said he had an audience with the sultan at 3.30pm, a PAS assemblyman, who declined to be named, said he had been asked to be present at 10am, while independent Dr Robert Ling Kui Ee (Sidam) said his audience was in the morning.

Sultan Sallehuddin, who was previously reported to be in Kuala Lumpur, arrived at the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas just before noon today.

The sultan, who was accompanied by Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff, was welcomed upon arrival by Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir, state secretary Ammar Shaikh Mahmood Naim and mufti Fadzil Awang.

It was reported that 23 statutory declarations (SDs) from PN assemblymen had been presented to the sultan proposing a new candidate for the menteri besar’s post.

According to the report, which quoted PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, the SDs were handed over when the presidents of Umno, PAS and PPBM met the ruler in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Mukhriz, however, maintained that he is still the menteri besar until a motion of no confidence is passed against him.

“News of my (political) death has been highly exaggerated. I am still here. My government exists. It is not true that the Kedah government has fallen,” he told reporters yesterday

Earlier, he was dealt a blow when Ling and Lunas assemblyman Azman Nasarudin resigned from PKR. They said they would remain as independents but maintain friendly relations with PN.

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