Kedah Umno leaders want Mukhriz out as MB
Published on: Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Alor Setar: Kedah's Umno leaders, state representatives as well as members of Parliament Wednesday collectively declared that they have lost confidence in the leadership of Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.Speaking at a press conference here, deputy Kedah Umno chairman Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said all 15 of the state's division leaders and wing leaders were seeking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's intervention for a change in leadership in the state.

"Firstly, Mukhriz has failed to unite the party leadership and machinery at all levels in the state.

"Secondly, there has been no strategic party planning to face the 14th general elections.

"He has failed to lead and move the party machinery after taking over the party leadership in Kedah, as well as failed to administer the state government effectively," he said.

Present at the press conference were 14 out of 15 division leaders, state wing leaders, as well as state and parliamentary representatives.

Ahmad Bashah did not field any questions from the media after the press conference ended.

Mukhriz, who is the son of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has been the Kedah Menteri Besar since 2013.

Mukhriz's support for Najib's leadership has come under scrutiny after his father publicly campaigned to remove the Prime Minister.

At a dinner organised by Kedah Umno during the party general assembly in December, last year, Mukhriz had took a swipe at Najib's stewardship of the party and country when he called on Umno grassroots members to fight for leadership reform.

He told them not to fear reprisal from the top, or they risked seeing their party suffer defeat in the next general election.

"We are facing a critical challenge and we must change if we want to remain (relevant) in the next general election.

"If we are alone, it is like a dot in a vast ocean. But if we work together, all of us united, we can continue that pressure," Mukhriz had said.

He also appeared to have aligned himself with sacked deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Both of them and Dr Mahathir were present at the dinner.


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