The Sultan of Kedah apparently didn’t by the notion that V. Arumugam had quit voluntarily as suggested by Kedah Menteri Besar. His Majesty might have learnt a thing or two from the Perak fiasco, where, in the first time our very own short history – a Malaysian state has two Menteri Besars or Chief Ministers.
According to The Star, the Kedah Sultan’s confidential secretary Datuk Wira Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah said the Sultan had asked his office to summon Arumugam to the palace following speculation that the elected representative wanted to quit both the State Exco post and Bukit Selambau state seat.
“We were unable to contact him. However, we received Arumugam’s letter stating his intention to quit,” he said.
It is learnt that the Sultan wanted to hear from Arumugam if he had been coerced into making the decision to vacate the state seat.
But, Arumugam might not be able to immediately meet the Sultan as he is believed to have flown to Chennai, India, on Monday night after purportedly signing the letter of resignation and a statutory declaration to vacate both the executive council and state assembly posts.
However, Kedah Pakatan Rakyat chief Ahmad Kasim said Arumugam was on vacation overseas after his alleged scandal became public knowledge.
“He (Arumugam) is feeling stressed,” he said yesterday. Former Merbok PKR strategy director Zamil Ibrahim alleged that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was hiding Arumugam. Zamil, who introduced Arumugam to the political arena, resigned from PKR in August last year.