Zahid confirms Sulaiman’s resignation as Melaka CM amid rumours of Rauf taking over

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today confirmed that Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali has resigned as the Melaka chief minister.

Amid rumours that Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh would replace Sulaiman, Sinar Harian quoted the Umno president as saying the Lendu assemblyman tendered his resignation to him in Parliament yesterday.

Zahid said he would call on Melaka Governor Tun Mohd Ali Rustam to propose Sulaiman’s replacement soon.

“I will depend on the wisdom of His Excellency to accept the proposal that I will present, and the date of the swearing-in ceremony (for the new chief minister) will be set according to His Excellency,” Zahid was quoted as saying at a press conference in Kampung Lebu, Bentong, Pahang.

Zahid did not say when he would seek to meet Mohd Ali or how many candidates he would propose.

On rumours that Tanjung Bidara assemblyman Ab Rauf could be among those proposed, Zahid would “neither confirm nor deny” the matter.

However, he alluded to the formation of a unity government in Melaka, and that the change in chief ministers could be part of such a plan.

“We will see the latest developments when the new chief minister convenes the Melaka state assembly after Raya,” he was quoted as saying.

On Monday, Zahid hinted that a new unity government could be formed in Melaka.

In the Melaka state election held in November 2021, Barisan Nasional (BN) won 21 of the total 28 seats in the state assembly and gained sole control of the state government.

After the 14th general election, however, BN joined former rival Pakatan Harapan and two Borneo coalitions to form the federal government.