ALOR SETAR: Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir was described today as a tool used by Umno president Najib Razak to win back power for Barisan Nasional in the state in the 2013 general election.

Kedah PAS Commissioner, Dr Ahmad Fakhruddin Fakhrurazi, likened him to “a bridge used by BN and Umno to take over Kedah”.

He viewed the current campaign against Mukhriz as stemming from his usefulness being over. “Once BN successfully crossed over, they just removed the bridge,” he told FMT. “That’s how I see Mukhriz’s present situation.”

Mukhriz faces a revolt by about 14 Kedah Umno divisional leaders, with growing speculation that Najib has sought royal approval for removing the menteri besar.

Expressing no surprise over the crisis in the ruling party, the PAS leader said Umno’s culture has been embedded within the soul of its members.

“We now know that the culture practised by Umno’s leaders all this while has finally seeped into their members. That’s how this polemic occurs.”

Last week Kedah Umno deputy chairman Ahmad Bashah Md Hanifah demanded Mukhriz’s removal, claiming that the latter had failed in administrating the state government. Ahmad Bashah, a senator, is also a deputy minister.


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