Sungai Petani MP quashes rumours, fully supports Mukhriz as MB


ALOR STAR: Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul today expressed his full support to Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir as the Menteri Besar of Kedah, negating claims that he wants to wrest the post.

Johari, from PKR, said claims that he was willing to vacate the Sungai Petani seat to pave the way for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest, so when the latter becomes prime minister he would get the top job in Kedah, were a misinterpretation.

"The matter arose when I was queried in Parliament why I was so willing to give the seat to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and I replied that I had no problems with that if Anwar was interested to contest there.

"I added that I can do wonders if he (Anwar) becomes the Prime Minister from Sungai Petani. What I meant by that is that if he becomes prime minister from Sungai Petani, I will be happy with the good relationship,” said Johari, who is also Gurun assemblyman, in a statement here.

He added that he would use the good relationship (with Anwar as PM) to bring greater progress for Gurun and Sungai Petani.

He had come under flak for his earlier comments with some parties interpreting it as him coveting the MB post.

Under an agreement made by Pakatan Harapan leaders, Anwar is to take over as prime minister from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in about two years’ time. — BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd