New MB to focus on agriculture, make Kedah ‘rice bowl’ for whole country

Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah presenting the letter of appointment to new Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor at the sultan’s office at Wisma Darul Aman, Alor Setar, today. (Istana Kedah pic)

ALOR SETAR: Newly installed Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor today pledged to shed Kedah of its “poorest state” image by carrying out drastic poverty eradication measures in the coming years.

He said Kedah, under his leadership, will become food-secure, capable of not only feeding the state but the whole country through a push towards an agriculture-based economy.

Sanusi said he would also focus on providing clean water supply, high-speed internet and an improvement in the general standard of life.

“We will work hard to overcome issues that have bothered us all this while. We also hope to get constructive feedback from all,” he told reporters today.

Sanusi said he would also “hit the total reset button” for certain development projects introduced by the previous government.

He also planned to carry out “crucial projects” and improve others.

Sanusi thanked Perikatan Nasional leaders, including Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, for entrusting him with leading the state.

“The Kedah government is committed to cooperating with the PM, his Cabinet and the federal machinery.

“We want to solve issues and fulfil the needs of the people.”

Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor taking his oath as MB before the Sultan. (Istana Kedah pic)

Sanusi said he would decide on who will be part of his state executive council “in the nearest time”.

Sanusi also thanked his predecessor, Mukhriz Mahathir, for his past service and ensuring a smooth transition of government.

When asked about Kedah PAS supporting Mukhriz as MB before this, Sanusi said that was during a different time.

“At that time, I went to see him and gave him support to be MB. I did that so that he could avert political clashes that would place the rakyat at a disadvantage. Ties (with the federal authorities) were getting sour then.

“What we need to realise is that this change of government is not from PAS, but from Pakatan Harapan itself,” he said, referring to two PKR assemblymen who left the party and threw their support behind PN.

The move by these two assemblymen, Robert Ling (Sidam) and Azman Nasrudin (Lunas), resulted in a loss of support for Mukhriz in the assembly.

Later, another four PPBM members also aligned themselves to PN, which gave PN the support of 23 assemblymen in the 36-member assembly.

Earlier today, Mukhriz resigned as MB after losing majority support.

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