KUALA LUMPUR – Kedah Mentri Besar-designate Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (pic) has the choice to either remain as a senator or resign from his post, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
The Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department said the Federal Constitution did not prohibit any member of the Dewan Negara from holding the post of mentri besar.
â€œHowever, I believe YB Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah will make the best choice for the stateâ€™s well-being and continuity of the stateâ€™s leadership,â€ she said in a statement, here on Wednesday.
She was commenting on Ahmad Bashahâ€™s position as a member of the Dewan Negara after the Bakar Bata assemblyman was named as the new Kedah Mentri Besar.
In ALOR SETAR, Ahmad Bashah, who will be sworn in on Thursday, replacing Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, told a press conference that he had resigned as Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister and as a senator effective Wednesday.
Ahmad Bashah said he had sent the letter of resignation as Deputy Minister to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the letter of resignation as a senator to Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang.
Ahmad Bashah was appointed as a senator by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muâ€™adzam Shah for a three-year term from May 15, 2013.
He was appointed Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister the same year.
In the 13th general election in 2013, Ahmad Bashah retained the Bakar Bata state seat (previously known as Alor Merah) for the fifth term, when he defeated Parti Keadilan Rakyatâ€™s Mohd Eekmal Ahmad and Parti Bersatu Sasa (Bersama) candidate Jawahae Raja Abdul Wahid with a majority of 895 votes. â€“ Bernama