PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Rembia assemblyman Jailani Khamis says he does not support Ab Rauf Yusoh as the Melaka chief minister.
Jailani, a former executive councillor, said Barisan Nasional and Umno had effectively broken one of the election pledges made during the 2021 state election with Rauf’s appointment.
Jailani said the coalition had pledged that its chief minister candidate for the polls, Sulaiman Ali, would remain in the post till the end of his term.
“The manifesto is our pledge to the people, particularly Malaccans. The swearing-in of the new chief minister today means that BN and Umno have broken one of our key pledges during the state elections.
“I want to inform the people of Melaka that I have no part in this. In fact, I oppose it. As a Muslim, promises must be kept,” he said.
Rauf, assemblyman for Tanjung Bidara, was sworn in as Melaka’s 13th chief minister this afternoon. He succeeds Sulaiman, who resigned yesterday while serving a second stint as chief minister from November 2021.
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Sulaiman was urged by another assemblyman, Dr Aleef Yusof (Bersatu-Sungai Udang), to reveal whether health issues were really why he had resigned from the post.
Aleef said Sulaiman had seemed perfectly healthy when met at the Melaka state assembly.
He called for the “real motive” of Sulaiman’s resignation to be revealed. He said Umno should realise that the change in chief minister would spark the wrath of voters who had wanted stability when voting for BN in 2021.
Jailani, a two-term assemblyman for Rembia, was formerly with PKR. He was sacked by the party following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan Melaka state government in 2020.
He then joined Umno and defended his seat, winning with an 860-vote majority in the 2021 state polls.
He served as executive councillor for tourism, heritage and culture in Sulaiman’s government.