Mukhriz: Dr Leong’s appointment depends on Tunku Annuar’s approval

(Bernama) – The appointment of Gurun assemblyman Dr Leong Yong Kong as member of the state executive council (exco) to fill the MCA quota depends on the approval of the chairman of the Kedah Council of Regency, Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, however, said the appointment, if approved, would be made before the next state legislative assembly sitting scheduled to begin on Nov 18.

After his appointment as the menteri besar, Mukhriz had appointed eight exco members, leaving the remaining two seats to be filled each by MCA and Gerakan representatives.

As Gerakan candidates failed to win any state seat in the 13th general election, MCA was reported to have lobbied for the Gerakan quota to be given to MCA.

However, Muhkriz said MCA had yet to make any official application to the state government except for the letter from MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek, proposing the appointment of Leong and Kulim assemblyman, Chua Thiong Gee as Kedah exco members.

Mukhriz was met after closing the One Community One JPJ (Road Transport Department) programme at Sekolah Menengah Megat Dewa here today.