Monday, October 18, 2021

Bersatu sacks rep who withdrew support for Melaka CM

Telok Mas assemblyman Noor Effandi Ahmad was one of four reps who revoked their support, triggering the dissolution of the state legislative assembly.

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Bersatu’s political bureau has terminated the party membership of Telok Mas assemblyman Noor Effandi Ahmad with immediate effect.

Bersatu secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin said the decision, made under Clause 10 of the party constitution, will be endorsed at Bersatu’s next Supreme Council meeting.

Hamzah also said the political bureau was extremely disappointed with the actions of the four assemblymen who withdrew their support for the Melaka chief minister, eventually leading to the dissolution of the state legislative assembly at a time when the country was battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The political bureau is of the opinion that this political crisis stems from the internal problems of certain political parties and it only worsens when there are certain parties who take advantage without considering the welfare of the people and national interests at a time we are in the early stages of recovery,” he said in a statement.

The bureau is also of the view that the political crisis in Melaka should be resolved in accordance with the state constitution and the Federal Constitution by taking into account the interests of the people, he said.

Besides Noor Effendi, the other three assemblymen who withdrew their support for Sulaiman Md Ali on Monday were Idris Haron (Sungai Udang), Nor Azman Hassan (Pantai Kundor) and Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Pengkalan Batu).

On Oct 5, the Election Commission received official notification about the dissolution of the 14th Melaka legislative assembly.

This means that the state will have to hold a snap election within 60 days.

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