Gurun assemblyman Datuk Johari Abdul (right) has dismissed a rumour that he would be appointed as Kedah Menteri Besar, saying he did not believe the information that was going viral. NSTP

ALOR SETAR: Gurun assemblyman Datuk Johari Abdul has dismissed a rumour that he would be appointed as Kedah Menteri Besar, saying he did not believe the information that was going viral.

He said previously there was also a rumour that he would be appointed Defence or Tourism Minister after Barisan Nasional's (BN) defeat in the 14th General Election.

However, Johari who is with PKR, admitted he had a one hour meeting with the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah last Saturday at Wisma Negeri to discuss development plans for the state.

"However, throughout the meeting, there was no discussion on the appointment as Menteri Besar, instead we talked about developing Kedah, and I also gave my views on the paddy issue in the state.

"My meeting with the Kedah Sultan is a normal thing because I was told that Tuanku has also met up with other assemblymen to discuss development matters," he said when contacted by NSTP today.

In the message that was going viral, Johari was named as the person to replace Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah Menteri Besar.

This follows Mukhriz's move to federal where he would take over as Home Minister from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin due to the latter's health issues.

"Actually, I was called to the palace after GE14, after Kak Wan (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) nominated me as Menteri Besar candidate, however at the time Tuanku wanted Mukhriz to hold the post.

"If Tuanku were to call me, of course I will be ready to accept the responsibility out of my love for the Sultan and the state," he said.

At the same time, Johari said he has yet to be informed of anything related to the matter by PKR's top leadership, adding that the matter was also not discussed.

"I am not interested to ask further because this is none of my business, however if given a choice, between a Cabinet post or Menteri Besar, I will choose Menteri Besar.

"The issue of being disappointed that I wasn't appointed as Menteri Besar first does not arise, because for 20 years of being in politics, I have gone through many ups and downs," he said.

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