Saarani Is New Perak MB

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Datuk Saarani Mohamad from Umno is the 14th Perak Mentri Besar and will be sworn in tomorrow by the sultan.

Farhan Najib

His appointment was announced by Comptroller of the Perak Royal Household, Col (Rtd) Datuk Abd Rahim Mohamad Nor in a press conference in front of Istana Kinta here this afternoon.

“Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah in his consideration said that the Kota Tampan assemblyman has got the majority support among the assemblymen to be appointed as the mentri besar,” he said.

The swearing-in ceremony is at 11am tomorrow at the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar.

Saarani, who is Perak Umno chief, replaces Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu from Bersatu.

Umno had been pushing for its state chief and Kota Tampan assemblyman for the position, but appeared to run into a problem with the numbers needed after PAS said it will not participate in the new government.

Speculation had also been rife that Umno would link up with Pakatan Harapan parties PKR, Amanah and DAP to form the government in a new alliance.

However, the Malay party would have to work with its long-time nemesis DAP.

Thirty is the simple majority in the 59-seat Perak state assembly made up of Barisan Nasional (25), DAP (16), Amanah (5), Bersatu (5), PKR (3), PAS (3), Gerakan (1) and independent (1).