Saarani sworn in as Perak MB

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Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Kota Tampan assemblyman Datuk Saarani Mohamad has been sworn in as Perak Mentri Besar in front of Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah at Istana Iskandariah today.

Despite contributing the smallest number of seats, Saarani was reappointed as the state’s mentri besar after receiving support from a total of 33 assembly members from both BN and its new partner Pakatan Harapan (PH).

It was also reported that both PH and PN did not dispute to contest Saarani’s candidacy to become the state’s new head of government.

Perak Dewan Negara member Tan Sri Mohd Annuar Zaini was earlier reported saying Saarani and Perak DAP vice-chairman Aziz Bari who represented PH told Sultan Nazrin that both parties agreed to form a state government.

In the general election (GE15) that concluded two days ago, PH won 24 state seats in Perak, while BN managed to get nine seats.

Perikatan Nasional (PN) win the biggest number of seats with 26 out of 59 available.

Thirty seats are needed from a political coalition to form a simple majority.

However, PN did not manage to reach a deal with other coalitions to reach the numbers required.

Meanwhile, the federal government is still hung as none of the coalitions could reach the required simple majority of 112 seats.

Istana Negara has since issued a statement that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has agreed to extend the deadline for coalitions to send their proof of majority until 2pm tomorrow.

Saarani justified the state BN’s decision to work with PH by saying that the latter offered the coalition a chance to hold top posts in the government.

He said this was contrary to what PN had on its menu, as the offers came when BN was already prepared to become the Opposition in Perak.

“We were ready to be the opposition, we lost,” he said.

“But if any party offers us to form a government and give us a role to participate in the administration, of course I have to accept it. If I don’t accept it, party members will say I’m stupid.”

Meanwhile, when asked about the guarantee that the coalition government will continue to be stable, Saarani insisted that the main focus now is the public and he is confident that both parties can put aside their differences for their sake.

“I think these two parties are experienced and the rationale is there. I believe we have the same intention and purpose, to focus on the development of the state.

“We will put aside our differences, choosing to find a middle ground because our goals are the same. The main focus is only for the people of the state of Perak…set aside side matters and focus on the main thing,” he said.