PETALING JAYA: The Opposition’s sympathy for former Menteri Besar (MB) Mukhriz Mahathir is nothing but a show in their hopes to w rest the state from Barisan Nasional, an Utusan Malaysia columnist wrote.

Zulkiflee Bakar said this was so because the Opposition was aware that the MB crisis, which saw Mukhriz ousted from his post, would have an impact on the ‘rakyat’s’ support for Umno.

The Opposition saw this as a golden opportunity to win back the state in the 2018 general election, he said while alluding to a quip by one Opposition assemblyman, who joked how he saw himself as an exco member in three years.

PAS had won the state in 2008.

“It may have been said in jest, but that is what they are aiming for,” he wrote in the Malay daily.

Earlier this week, Mukhriz was replaced by Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah after it was alleged the former had failed to administer the state effectively and unite Kedah Umno.

Mukhriz, however, claimed that he was pressured to step down due to his criticisms of 1Malaysia Development Bhd and the RM2.6 billion donation banked into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s private accounts.

During the leadership crisis, some Opposition leaders said they disagreed with how Umno had manoeuvred Mukhriz’s removal.

Source from FMT News

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