UMNO Kedah loses confidence in incumbent Menteri Besar

January 20, 2016

UMNO Kedah loses confidence in incumbent Menteri Besar

by Danial Albakri, Arnold Loh and G.C. Tan

Kedah UMNO leaders say they have lost confidence in the leadership of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (pic above).

Reading from a press statement, state UMNO Deputy Chairman Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah Ahmad Shah along with party division leaders appealed to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to make an immediate change to the state leadership.

Ahmad Bashah (second from left) at the press conference in Kedah.

“The entire Kedah UMNO leadership and elected representatives have gathered to declare that we have lost our trust and confidence in the leadership of Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah UMNO Chief as well as Kedah Mentri Besar,” said Ahmad Bashah at a press conference at the Grand Alora Hotel on Wednesday.

The statement explained that this loss of trust was due to a number of reasons, including Mukhriz’s alleged inability to unite the party leadership and machinery at all levels in the state. “There was not any strategic planning for the party in facing the 14th general election. As the Mentri Besar of Kedah, he also failed to effectively manage the state government.For these reasons we have gathered to appeal to the Prime Minister to change the Kedah Mentri Besar and the Kedah liaison chief,” said Ahmad Bashah.

He did not take questions from the press. Also present at the press conference were Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim, Jerai MP Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Kubang Pasu MP Datuk Johari Baharom. Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim represented Padang Terap MP Mahdzir Khalid as the latter is currently in London.

Also present were Kedah UMNO Youth Chief Datuk Shaiful Azizy Zainal Abidin, Kedah UMNO Wanita chief Datuk Maznah Abd Hamid and Kedah UMNO Puteri Chief Datin Norashimah Md Nowar.

When met at another function, Mukhriz declined comment. Mukhriz has been Kedah Menteri Besar since 2013.


22 thoughts on “UMNO Kedah loses confidence in incumbent Menteri Besar

  1. So cannot get the father, the son will do, for a start?

    Looks like Najib has finally thrown the gauntlet at Mahathir’s feet.

    Let’s see whether the old Mamak picks it up and kisses it or kicks it to Mongolia.

    Looks like it’s “show-Hand” time because Najib knows he is holding 3 Aces, and Mahathir only has at most 2 pairs.

  2. I understand the politics of this — it is a strike at Mahathir. But what I don’t understand is the legality and the constitutionality of Ahmad Bashah saying, “We have gathered to appeal to the Prime Minister to change the Kedah Mentri Besar and the Kedah liaison chief.”

    The MB is elected by the state parliament and approved by the Sultan. So legally and constitutionally he cannot be removed by the PM. I hope this does not turn into another constitutional issue, like Perak in 2009.
    The next step is for Najib to take is to remove Mukhriz from UMNO and there is nothing Mahathir can do about it. Ahmad Bashah was supposed to be MB, but he was instead made a Senator and kicked upstairs to join Najib’s cabinet. Now it is time from to return to Kedah. UMNO politics.–Din Merican

  3. but still supporting a hypocrite who lie cheat and steal running baround the kaabah showing holiness. but a hypocrite will support hypocrites

  4. Just wondering … what if Mukhriz fights back vigorously, instead of cowering like Muhiyiddin?

    What would Najib do? Would he come down on Mukhriz with a sledgehammer?

    How would the ordinary UMNO members react? Wouldn’t they be looking for a hero to stand up against the nonsense of the current UMNO leadership? Who would be best placed to rally the grassroot, if not the son of the former PM?

    Mukhriz is the man of the moment now … he could turn the table or retreat into a hole. He has nothing to lose …

  5. It doesn’t matter who is the MB lah… let them get each other… too tired to bother.. and bring out the Coke and popcorn…

  6. Support for Najib comes from Malays and Non-Malays. Yesterday, Mahathir was feeding them-today Najib. So its business as usual with a new ‘player’. In the meantime, disaffection is evident at grass-root levels. MCA ,MIC and indigenous parties totally support Najib & BN – even with all that has been said.

  7. Non-Malays are irrelevant-if Muslims Malays dont do something and demand change-Malaysia will end up like Pakistan.
    Malaysia is well represented by Mamaks and Bangladeshis.

  8. Sad. To many people, he’s a political moderate who’s also soft-spoken — an easy-going gentleman. Not the big-mouth ultra like his dad. Nice guys don’t last in the nasty world of politics.

  9. Mukhriz is now on the offensive, but could this be a case of being a little too late. The State Assembly could pass a vote of no confidence against him. It now depends on what the UMNO President will do. Will Najib take on Mahathir by removing his son? –Din Merican

  10. It’s a classic battle of proxies by two very tainted warriors. Both have blood in their hands and both are as crooked as it could be. The outcome can be a nasty one for either party. But never ever dismiss the crafty Keralan cloth merchant. He still has plenty up his sleeves.

    Typical Melayu proverb – “dua gajah bertarung pelanduk ditengah kematian.”

    I hope Umno implodes forthwith so Pak Din and yours truly can ride into Putrajaya triumphantly. Amen.

  11. Classic internal gangland war within racketeers..The old godfather tried to knock off the current godfather but failed. But the currrent godfather does not have it in him to finish the job so the Caporegimes must fight for territories. Either Najib be more decisive and finish the job OR he lets the Capos fight it out. The problem with the Capos fighting it out, it could spread and still not settle..The problem with Najib being decisive is that he is no Micheal Corleone and will only make a bigger mess if he tried to..

    So business must suffer until the war is over, if it ever over in the first place..

  12. Najib is creating more mess to cling on. With NSC, Kedah may be the first state to be under Emergency Rule. It’s a matter of time bomb to start all to happen to grab the power and put under NOC.

    IGP and Armed Forces chiefs will have valid reason to send the troops to march the streets of Kedah to frighten the rakyat. What more do you expect when the ISIS threat is hovering in the minds of Malaysians. It is with this ISIS reasons UMNO stooges drumming to legislate NSC and they have succeeded though yet to be implemented due to legislation procedures

    Money into millions and contract awards believed to have played major role in the turning point of Perak. It was before but now with RM2.6b cash can do wonders. It was alleged that Berjaya Toto donated millions to triumph Perak crisis. Cash can do wonders beyond ones imagination. So, Kedah is no difference and can also face the same fate with Najib in power.

    Every month there are extra special draws not less than 1 to 2 per month at all the gambling outlets. Are these special draws and the money collected into millions per month which can be into billions in a year or two derived from these extra draws donated to UMNO? Anyone would like to comment on this?

  13. No….., this is undemocratic and unconstitutional ! Wonder if Zahid and “twitter king” IGP would initiate an investigation on the perpetrators of the no-confidence announcement. Don’t hold your breathe, though.

  14. Quote:- “Mukhriz is the man of the moment now … he could turn the table or retreat into a hole. He has nothing to lose …”

    “In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em”

    “There is a tide in the affairs of men / Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune”

    — Shakespeare

    Perhaps unwittingly Najib may have given Mukhriz, the proverbial underdog, an opportunity, a legitimate reason to openly fight Najib given that there is much anti-Najib sentiments at the UMNO grassroots level.

    If Mukhriz had openly sided his father before this, he could be accused of family bias. Now it’s personal, and no one can blame him for fighting back.

    Looks like greatness is now thrust upon Mukhriz, however un-wellcome it may be. And if he takes it at the flood, he could well end up as PM, however unlikely it appeared two days ago.

    Some people may not want to openly support Mahathir given that he too has a tainted past. But Mukhriz? If he truly has the PM stuff, now is the time to show it because it has been said that he is MB because of his father and nothing else.

    In the next few days or weeks, we either see a national hero or just another jaguh kampong.

    Mukhriz, show us what you are truly made off.

  15. With a recalcitrant for a father, who is not just an a.. but also someone who thinks too highly of himself, who the hell cares what happens to his son who himself is like the father – a moron.

  16. No body in umno knows about open contests and fair fights. All positions are appointments and have connivance. So you have what you have.

  17. @ Din, and Ambassador Malott,
    Hope I am correct in
    What you are saying is , and being playing out, part of the bigger scenario, cited in :

    ”An open conversation with the people and the leaders of Malaysia on:

    1. Drawing from Mahathir’s crisis mistakes to stop the ‘’rot’’ at or beyond Najib.
    2. The culture and conduct of Umno Baru leaderships in the context of the Westminster Parliamentary Democracy System.
    3 Malaysia is at a threshold moment.
    4 The enmity of the people of Malaysia. ”

    appeared in The Malaysian Insider, 23 August, 2015,

    Paragraph 8,9,10 reads ……..

    ……..” Now, the 1 MDB scandal had turned into contentious issue of power struggles between Mahathir and Najib, dragging in every one into it for support, under the pretense of saving Malaysia, Mahathir for his grandeur of delusion and ambition, the ‘’crooked bridge’’ and his son’s prospect of assuming the premiership.

    For Najib, it is retesting his sincerity and inclusive leadership quality, since sacking his Deputy Tan Sri Muhyddin, severing the umbilical cord attached to Mahathir. He needs to work on it fast, because on nearing to the 14 GE, time and events unfolding, particularly in this information technology age, is not on his or Malayisia’s side locally or globally.

    If replacing Najib or retaining him as PM can bring changes for better, so be it. But with the rogue culture deeply entrenched and poor quality cabinet leaders remain exclusively intact, there is little chance for success, or much less so, where successors of quality have long been cut off from its own party and allies during his predecessor’s time, and till now, is unable to restore……….. ”

    – See more at:

  18. Looks like what I wrote in a closed door seminar in MINDEF is comming about…when the Melayu fights the Melayu 13 May will be considered a childrens party. You are aware of this Din .I wrote in one of my comments.I was asked to leave the seminar by the Colonel conducting “get out you treacherous immigrant’. I did not comply with his directive that I should withdraw my observation. I refused as it was meant to be a free for all discussion directed by Mindef top brass.

  19. This Mama’s boy will need “his my boy” (siti hasmah) and his keris weilding .father to be holding his hand at all times.

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