Perak MB dismisses ouster talk
> It’s a rumour and I take it as that, says Ahmad Faizal
IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu says the state administration is still intact despite news of attempts to topple him.
“We are a big happy family... all Exco members still attend meetings and they are free to voice their opinions.
“At times, they reprimand me and there were instances where I did the same before I made a decision for the benefit of the rakyat, “he told reporters at the sidelines of the state assembly sitting yesterday.
“It is (a) rumour and I take it as that .... My relationship with PH wakil rakyat and all Excos is close as a harmonious family.
“No quarrels, no issues. We hold weekly Exco meetings and all of them attend ... only once was the meeting not convened, for two weeks, due to holidays.
“I am satisfied with the performance and the commitment of the Excos ... even if there is news of such attempts, let it be. Our focus is to serve the people and fulfil the promises made in the manifesto. .
“Politicians in the assembly and those outside should cooperate and work together to develop the state. Stop the politics of polemics, which will not benefit anyone,” he added,
Ahmad Faizal, who is Chenderiang assemblyman, was asked to comment on news reports that there was an attempt to topple him and that a state election might be held.
“There was news an Exco member wants to topple me by (way of) a motion of no confidence. Negotiations and meetings were supposed to be held. However, nothing of that sort occurred.
“Why should I respond to or deny something which did not take place. I read the reports and put them aside. Our target now is the budget, bringing in revenue to the state as well taking care of the well being of the rakyat,” he added.
On whether an internal investigation would be conducted, Ahmad Faizal said the state PH Council had not met on it.
“I do not see any Exco member involved in the attempt as all of them are close to me”
On police reports to be lodged by PH against the Opposition on the issue, he said: “Everyone has the right to make reports and if there is a case police have to investigate.”
Opposition Leader Datuk Saarani Mohamad claimed some Exco members had planned to topple Ahmad Faizal.
Five Umno assemblymen were said to have been approached to lend support to those planning for a no-confidence vote.