Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah. ― File pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 ― Lim Kit Siang today urged Kedah’s new mentri besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah to end the rigmarole over his educational qualifications by producing his SPM certificate in public.
The DAP veteran said the Kedah Umno deputy chief should also apologise for sleeping during a speech by the Agong at a palace function, as shown in a video being circulated online.
“Bashah should produce his SPM certificate before the swearing-in ceremony to end once-and-for-all the rigmarole about whether he has SRP or SPM qualification.
“This is one of the chores Bashah should clear up before he takes his oath as Mentri Besar of Kedah,” Lim wrote in a statement this morning.
“The other is for him to be honest, set a good example and openly apologise for sleeping as caught in a video during one of Tuanku’s speeches,” he added.
Ahmad Bashah will be sworn in as Kedah’s new mentri besar at Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar this morning, replacing Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
Yesterday, during a press conference to announce his resignation from the post, Mukhriz took a stab at Ahmad Bashah over the video and told his successor not to fall asleep during this morning’s ceremony.
In the video, Ahmad Bashah is seen snoozing throughout the 36-second clip. The Kedah Umno leader has since denied this, however, claiming that he was merely deep in concentration.
He has also been accused of merely having the Sijil Rendah Penilaian (SRP) qualification although this was later corrected by Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) representative Lokman Noor Adam who said yesterday that the Umno man is also a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holder.
Ahmad Bashah was the man who led the delegation of 14 Umno division chiefs, state and federal lawmakers to call for removal of Mukhriz at a press conference on January 20.
Among the reasons given for their discontent was Mukhriz’s purported failure to govern the state, to unite the party and his lack of strategy for the next general election in 2018.
The Kedah Regency Council met with all the Barisan Nasional assemblymen in the state, including Mukhriz, and the state’s 15 opposition assemblymen on Monday and Tuesday to gauge their support for the embattled leader.
The council then informed Mukhriz that he had lost the confidence of the majority in the state assembly and the embattled leader resigned from the post yesterday. – The Malay Mail Online