ALOR SETAR: Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, facing an expression of no-confidence from Kedah UMNO leaders, went about his duties as the menteri besar as usual today.
Accompanied by his wife Toh Puan Norzieta Zakaria, he attended an investiture in conjunction with the 88th birthday of the Sultan of Kedah at Istana Anak Bukit here.
At the investiture, the second in conjunction with the ruler’s birthday, Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan headed a list of 160 people who received awards and medals from the Chairman of the Council of Regency, Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.
Kamalanathan received the Datuk Paduka Mahkota Kedah (DPMK) award that carries the title “Datuk”.
Yesterday, several Kedah UMNO leaders, among them state assemblymen and MPs, declared no-confidence in the leadership of Mukhriz as the menteri besar and state UMNO liaison committee chairman.
Shortly afterwards, at about 8pm, 1,000 people gathered outside the Kedah UMNO building and expressed their support for Mukhriz who arrived to attend a closed-door meeting of the Jerlun UMNO division committee which he heads.