I have not received any letter of expulsion from UMNO - Azlan

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ALOR SETAR, May 25 (Bernama) -- Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man today said he has not received any letter of expulsion from UMNO or Barisan Nasional (BN), despite Perlis BN chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim announcing the matter yesterday.

As such, he said the question of his expulsion was a non-issue as the matter cannot be decided by only one individual.

"There is no letter... who expelled me from what? There is no expulsion...it cannot be done by one person alone," he said when met by reporters at the Bunga Raya Complex of the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport here after sending off the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, who left for the capital.

Azlan, 60, who is Bintong assemblyman, was appointed and sworn in as Perlis Menteri Besar for the second term yesterday after BN retained the state in the 14th General Election on May 9, winning ten out of the 15 state seats, while Pakatan Harapan got three, and PAS, two.

On the same day, Shahidan announced that Perlis UMNO had proposed to the UMNO top leadership to expel Azlan from the party, saying that the latter did not receive the support of the majority of Perlis BN assemblymen.

Asked on how he would run the state if the state assemblyman who were supposed to be appointed as executive councillors did not support him, Azlan said the matter could not be resolved as of now.

"We need some time (to resolve that), I don't want to make any further comment now, I will just continue working as the menteri besar," he said.

Azlan then conveyed a message from Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin to the supporters and people of Perlis who were present at the airport.

"His Majesty appreciated and thanked all of you who came to send him off to Kuala Lumpur," he said.

Earlier, some 20 people brought banners expressing their support for Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, as well as congratulating Azlan over his reappointment as Menteri Besar of Perlis.