Malaysia

New MB for Kelantan

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 — Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat will hand over the reins as Kelantan mentri besar to his deputy Datuk Ahmad Yakcop today, effectively ending his 22-year rule of the state.

The long-serving PAS spiritual adviser led his team through yet another successful general election last night, which saw Pakatan Rakyat (PR) retaining power over Kelantan with 32 of the 45 state seats up for grabs.

Nik Aziz has been mentri besar for 22 years. — File picNik Aziz has been mentri besar for 22 years. — File picThe Star Online confirmed this today that Nik Aziz’s successor, Ahmad, will be sworn in at the Istana Kubang Kerian at around 4.30pm.

The state Ruler will also swear in Kelantan’s new deputy mentri besar, who is expected to be state PAS deputy commissioner II Datuk Nik Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, and a new line-up of state executive councillors

According to The Star Online, the consensus to replace the 82-year-old Nik Aziz was reached after Kelantan PAS met last night to discuss the matter.

The paper reported that Nik Aziz is suffering from a variety of illnesses due to his advanced age and he was urged to pay more attention to his health.

But, the paper said, the leader’s replacement for the post may cause ripples in the state’s leadership as PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa was earlier touted as the likely candidate.

Husam lost his bid for the Putrajaya federal seat yesterday but defended his Salor state seat in Kelantan.

Elsewhere in Kedah, Umno state liaison deputy chief Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir was sworn in earlier this afternoon before the Kedah Council of Regency at the Istana Anak Bukit, national news agency Bernama has reported.

Mukhriz, who is the son of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, earned the post today after Barisan Nasional (BN) recaptured the rice bowl state from PR during last night’s tumultuous polls.

In Sabah, Datuk Seri Musa Aman was sworn in today as chief minister before Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at the Istana Negeri in Kota Kinabalu today, after coming through bruised from yesterday's polls in which BN lost 11 state seats to the oppositon. Musa was first appointed to the post in 2003.

In Perak, incumbent mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir of Umno is expected to take his oath again as the state’s chief executive at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar tomorrow, according to Bernama Online.

The Umno leader led BN to a slim victory in a nail-biting election that ended in the wee hours of the morning today. The outcome saw BN winning 31 seats to PR’s 28 in the state’s 59-seat assembly.

Johor will also see a new mentri besar sworn in soon as a replacement is found for Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who failed in his gamble when he moved to contest the Gelang Patah federal seat against political giant Lim Kit Siang from the DAP.

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