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    Jan 25, 2016

    Najib 'met' Malaysian king over Mukhriz


    MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak reportedly met the country's king yesterday to discuss the issue of some Kedah United Malays National Organisation (Umno) leaders pressing for state chief minister Mukhriz Mahathir to step down, Malaysian newspapers reported.

    Mr Najib was in Langkawi yesterday, where he was said to have met the king, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, to discuss the Kedah revolt, reported the New Straits Times.

    The king, who is also the sultan of Kedah, could order a change of leader in the state, according to the Malaysiakini online news portal.

    Mr Mukhriz, who is the son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, has said he would fight the ouster bid.

    It is widely believed that the "mutiny" is a tit-for-tat by Mr Najib against Mr Mukhriz, who, with his father, has called for the prime minister to resign over alleged corruption and misgovernance.

    Malay daily BH Ahad also reported yesterday that Kedah's Barisan Nasional - the ruling coalition where Umno is the main party - is looking at forcing Mr Mukhriz out of office in a "constitutional manner" if pressure fails.

    A source told the newspaper that 13 Kedah Umno assemblymen have signed a "statutory declaration" with Mr Najib, who is Umno's president, during a closed-door meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, agreeing they would abide by any decision by Mr Najib on the Kedah issue.

    "The statuary declaration will be our pledge to the members of the Kedah Sultan Regency Council for consideration (of the ouster), which will be according to the constitution," the source said.

    The Umno-linked Utusan Malaysia newspaper said it was almost a certainty that Mr Mukhriz would be ousted on the orders of Mr Najib.