TUMPAT, Aug 12 — Two-term Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob today said he is stepping down from the post, which he held since May 6, 2013, due to health factors.
The state PAS commissioner, who is also the incumbent Pasir Pekan state assemblyman and defending his seat in this state election, said he has informed party president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang of his health condition.
“I have a little slipped disc and also heart problems. So, if possible, I want to step down as Menteri Besar,” he told reporters after casting his vote at the polling station at SMK Kampung Laut earlier today.
When asked about the new Menteri Besar candidate, Ahmad said three names will be submitted to Abdul Hadi.
“The (party) president will decide the name, which will then be presented to the Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V, for consent,” he added.
He was commenting on a statement by Abdul Hadi today that he (Ahmad) was stepping down as Kelantan Menteri Besar due to health factors.
Yesterday, in a statement, PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said the PAS-led Kelantan government is expected to have a new combination of Menteri Besar and Deputy Menteri Besar after this state election.
The new leadership combination would be a religious figure and a technocrat, subject to the mandate of the people and the consent of the Sultan of Kelantan.