Perak is set to get a new Menteri Besar after its incumbent Ahmad Faizal Azumu failed to secure a simple majority in the state legislature.

The Bersatu deputy president only garnered 10 votes in support, while 48 assemblyman voted against, and another abstained in the motion of confidence brought up in the 14th state legislative assembly sitting.

According to reports, the motion was tabled by Pengkalan Baru assemblyman Abdul Manaf Hashim of Umno, and supported by Temenggor assemblywoman Salbiah Mohamad (also of Umno) and Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee of DAP.

Although Perak has always been plagued with political manouvres which had led to the collapse of the sitting government, Ahmad Faizal is the first menteri besar to lose a vote of confidence.

After the voting results were announced, Ahmad Faizal told the House that he accepted the results with an "open heart" and expressed hope that the newly-formed government would prioritise the people.

Discontent has been brewing between Umno and Bersatu - both of which are partners in the federal Perikatan Nasional coalition, for several months now.

This is believed over Bersatu's domination of the state's political running despite Umno holding the most number of seats in the state assembly, Free Malaysia Today (FMT) had previously reported.

Source: NST, FMT
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