4 Melaka reps withdraw support for CM, sparking rumours of govt collapse

Former chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron among disgruntled assemblymen

MELAKA – Four state assemblyman here have formally withdrawn support for the state leadership, citing loss of confidence in Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali’s handling of the government.

Speculations are now rife that this will lead to the fall of the Barisan Nasional (BN) state government.

The four are former chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron (Sg Udang-BN), Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (Pantai Kundor-BN), Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Pengkalan Batu-Independent) and Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Telok Mas-Bersatu).

Idris, who is an Umno lawmaker, said they have all submitted letters retracting their support for Azman’s leadership.

“The four of us would like to announce our loss of confidence in Sulaiman’s leadership as well as the whole present state government line-up,” he said at a press conference today.

On Saturday, Sulaiman had respondedto speculation about the four reps defecting, possibly leading to the collapse of the current government, by saying that there was no need for him to meet them.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali recently challenged anyone with the requisite SDs who wants to be chief minister to ‘go ahead’. – Bernama pic

“Anyone who wants to be chief minister can come and meet the leadership. If the other side has enough SDs (statutory declarations), go ahead. I am my normal self; so, too, are the other excos,” he had said.

Sulaiman had also said he did not know whether there are moves to form a unity government, as alleged, and that he remained focused on resolving the people’s problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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