There will be no Chinese and Indian executive councillors in the Perak state legislative assembly for now.

This is because the state Perikatan Nasional (PN) government does not have any assemblymen from these two communities, said newly minted Perak Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad.

"As an exco (Chinese and Indian communities)... no. They are not involved in the formation of the state government. But as for now, the Indian and Chinese representatives are already in all local councils in every district in the state.

"We have representatives (Chinese and Indian) in local councils and they are still functioning. We do not have any intentions to change anything," the New Straits Times quoted Saarani telling reporters after chairing a state exco meeting yesterday.

On whether he would appoint any ethnic Chinese of Indian from any PN component parties to serve as his special officer or adviser, Saarani said it would depend on "need".

"If there is a need ( will appoint), but I can't promise anything until I do some research, if there is a need to do so."

At the height of the Perak political crisis, Buntong assemblyman A Sivasubramaniam from Gerakan, and Tronoh representative Paul Yong Choo Kiong (independent) had declared their support for Saarani. However, they are not aligned to PN.

Perak currently has five exco members - four from Umno, and one from Bersatu. More are expected to be appointed after the state budget is presented this Wednesday.

The state political crisis was triggered after former menteri besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu was ousted through a confidence vote in the state legislative assembly.

Ahmad Faizal of Bersatu, only garnered 10 votes in support, and 48 against, when the confidence vote as brought against him.

Saarani of Umno was then elevated as menteri besar, as he garnered the majority support.


Source: NST
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