Ruler picks Md Isa as Perlis MBMarch 15, 2008 at 4:07 am | Posted in BERITA | Leave a comment
KUALA LUMPUR: The Raja of Perlis Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail has named Bintong assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the new Perlis Mentri Besar.
Md Isa’s appointment came as a surprise because Perlis Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had received the letter of appointment to be mentri besar from Barisan chief Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
In a statement, the Ruler said Md Isa’s appointment was in accordance with Article 39(2) of the Laws of the Constitution of Perlis which required him to appoint someone who commanded the trust of the majority of the members of the state assembly to become Mentri Besar and head the state executive council.
The announcement was made at the Istana Siraj in Jalan Eaton here. Abdullah had given Shahidan his letter of appointment on Tuesday.
When contacted, Dr Md Isa said he had no idea of the decision prior to yesterday’s announcement.
“It is a surprise, but a pleasant one. I am grateful, and it is an honour. I never lobbied for it. I never lobbied to be a state assemblyman, nor Mentri Besar, but I accept it,” he added.
At the Istana Siraj yesterday, Shahidan spent almost an hour with Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin. He arrived at 11.45am.
Shahidan then spoke to reporters for a few minutes before driving away.
Barely 10 minutes after Shahidan had left, Pauh assemblyman Datuk Seri Syed Razlan Syed Putra Jamalullail, arrived.
He spent about 30 minutes at the palace.
Syed Razlan, the younger brother of Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, was one of the names which had earlier been touted as being in contention for the post of mentri besar. He did not speak to reporters.
At 2.30pm, the Ruler’s private secretary Moh Adib Zakaria issued the announcement on Md Isa’s appointment.
At the same time, after the Friday prayers, Shahidan entered the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya and left two hours later, saying that he had to meet Abdullah at his residence later.
He entered the gates of Seri Perdana at 6.40pm and left about two hours after.
Later in Kangar, about 3,000 people gathered outside Shahidan’s house to pledge their support for him.
The group signed a petition before they left.