KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS vice-president Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar was sworn in as Terengganu menteri besar for a second term today.
Samsuri, 53, the assemblyman for Ru Rendang, took his oath of office at 3.18pm before Terengganu’s Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Syarqiyyah in Chendering.
Samsuri, who was first appointed menteri besar in 2018, was reappointed to lead the state government after Perikatan Nasional made a clean sweep of all 32 seats in last Saturday’s state polls.
He retained his Ru Rendang seat by defeating Pakatan Harapan’s Suhaimi Sulaiman with a 17,286-vote majority. Samsuri garnered 20,927 votes.
Prior to becoming menteri besar, the father of six had served as political secretary to PAS president and former menteri besar Abdul Hadi Awang from 2008 to 2018.
Samsuri contested the Ru Rendang state seat for the first time in the 14th general election in 2018 and won with a 6,028-vote majority against Barisan Nasional’s Nik Dir Nik Wan Ku.
At the ceremony today, 10 elected assemblymen were sworn in as new state executive councillors.
They are Azman Ibrahim (Jabi), Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah (Wakaf Mempelam), Khalil Abdul Hadi (Batu Buruk), Ariffin Deraman (Alor Limbat), Maliaman Kassim (Ajil), Satiful Bahari Mamat (Paka), Razali Idris (Kijal), Hanafiah Mat (Chukai), Hishamuddin Abdul Karim (Tepoh) and Nurkhuzaini Rahman (Kota Putera).