Perak MB on the way out after losing confidence motion

48 assemblymen voted against him while 10 voted in support of him and one abstained.

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu in the state legislative assembly in Ipoh on Oct 27. Photo: Bernama

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu today lost a confidence motion brought against him in the state legislative assembly, in a sign of a widening rift between him and Umno.

A total of 48 assemblymen voted against him while 10 voted in support of him and one abstained.

Perak Speaker Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid made the announcement after a bloc vote which saw assemblymen voting through ballot papers.

The motion had been submitted by Pengkalan Bharu assemblyman Abdul Manaf Hashim, who is from Umno.

State Opposition leader Dr Abdul Aziz Bari called for a bloc vote of confidence and was supported by Umno’s Bukit Chandan assemblyman, Maslin Sham Razman.

Faizal said he accepted the decision, adding that there was no need to prolong further political instability at this time.

Ahmad Faizal Azumu giving his last speech in Perak State Assembly today – ASTRO AWANI

“As menteri besar, I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition,” he said, thanking the assemblymen as well as the Perak sultan for putting his trust in him to lead the state.

Zahir meanwhile said the decision would have to be presented to the sultan, and adjourned the assembly to Dec 9.

Faizal, who is Bersatu’s MP for Tambun as well as Chenderiang assemblyman, was re-appointed as Perak menteri besar in March after tendering his resignation following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Zahir had said on Monday that the motion, submitted by Pengkalan Baharu assemblyman Abd Manaf Hashim, was nothing unusual as such things had happened before.

“This is not a new innovation,” he said, adding that it was in line with the state legislature’s Standing Orders. “It has been practised before.”

The Perak State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak) is comprises members from UMNO (25), PPBM (5), PAS (3), GERAKAN (1), Independent (1), and Pakatan Harapan, DAP (16), Amanah (5), and PKR (3)

By : Fazreen Kamal – MALAYSIA NOW

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