Sinar Harian

PETALING JAYA: Though the identity of the new Selangor mentri besar is still shrouded in mystery, Sungai Tua assemblyman Amirudin Shari is looking to be the likely candidate to replace Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.  

Sinar Harian reported that Amirudin, 38, was spotted leaving Istana Alam Shah at 6.30pm on Monday (June 18), a day before the official swearing-in ceremony for the new mentri besar.  

Amirudin was all smiles, and waved to members of the media waiting outside the palace.  

Five minutes after Amirudin left, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, the private secretary of Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, was seen leaving the palace.  

Citing sources, Sinar Harian reported that no rehearsals were held, and only preparations for the swearing-in ceremony of the new mentri besar were carried out.  

Azmin will officially relinquish his position as Selangor Mentri Besar on Tuesday (June 19). 

He clocked out of the state secretariat for the last time on Monday, and was given a heartfelt send-off by the state's civil servants. 

On who would be sworn in on Tuesday morning to replace him, Azmin remained mum, but said the candidate would be "dynamic, energetic and will continue the legacy of Selangor".

Azmin also said that the Selangor Ruler had consented to his suggested replacement.  

He said the candidate has the approval of both the PKR and Pakatan Harapan leadership.  

Sources have pitted Amirudin as the future Selangor mentri besar, as opposed to Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad, 71.  

Dr Idris is a successful gynaecologist with a thriving private practice, while firebrand Amirudin is an executive councillor in the Selangor state government.

Amirudin is seen as Azmin's protege while Dr Idris is PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's preferred candidate.

Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, replaced Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor mentri besar, and was first sworn in on Sept 23, 2014.  

He is currently the Economic Affairs Minister in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Cabinet.

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