Don't rush Najib into deciding on MB issue: Minister

Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh.
PHOTO: The Star

PETALING JAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should not be pressured into making a quick decision to resolve the Kedah Mentri Besar issue.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said there was no need to rush into resolving the issue that had been blown out of proportion.

"It (the Kedah Mentri Besar issue) is being called a crisis when it is actually not a real crisis of crisis prop­­or­tions," he said on Facebook .

He called for patience, as Najib needed time to make an informed decision after taking all opinions and "desires" into consideration.

He said this in response to the attempt by Kedah Umno leaders to topple Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Dr Salleh said Najib had experience in handling a number of mentri besar crises since he took office in 2009.

"In spite of everyone expecting the worst, even to the extent that the state might fall (to Opposition), in the end everything was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, even the palace," he said.

Dr Salleh said it was the prerogative of the Umno president to decide on mentri besar or chief minister candidate.

He said, however, Najib must also take into consideration the "feeling of the palace" when appointing a new mentri besar.