Azmin Punches In As Selangor MB, Promises New Exco Tomorrow

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 – Mohamed Azmin Ali clocked in at 7.50am today to officially begin his first day at work as Selangor menteri besar. Azmin entered his office for the first time on the 21st floor at the Selangor Secretariat Building in Shah Alam this morning, and is expected to hold a meeting with his department heads. Azmin told reporters that Selangor’s new exco line-up would be finalised soon after meeting all Pakatan Rakyat component parties yesterday. A second meeting will be held this afternoon before the list of names is presented to the sultan tomorrow, he said. “We are looking at the new line-up. I have had discussions yesterday (with the other PR parties), and we are meeting again this afternoon.

“We will conclude the process on Thursday (tomorrow) before having an audience with His Highness and the swearing-in ceremony on Friday.” Azmin, who was sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar yesterday, was speaking to reporters in Shah Alam today before chairing a briefing with department heads, and state secretary Datuk Mohamad Khusrin Munawi.  Azmin, who is the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, declined to confirm if the former exco members would be retained or not. The previous exco line-up under Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim comprised ten assemblymen, of which four were from PAS and three PKR and DAP respectively.

The PAS exco members then were Iskandar Samad, Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, Dr Halimah Ali and Sallehen Mukhy‎i. PKR was represented by  Dr Daroyah Alwi, Rodziah Ismail and Elizabeth Wong, and DAP by Datuk Teng Chang Khim, V Ganabatirau, and Ean Yong Hian Wah. The six PKR and DAP exco members were fired by Khalid on August 12 over the menteri besar impasse. Khalid, however, retained the four PAS exco members, the minimum required to administer the state, until they formally resigned when the Selangor palace appointed Azmin as the new menteri besar yesterday.

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