KANGAR: The political upheaval in Perlis seems to have calmed after eight out of nine 'rebel' Umno assemblymen were sworn in as state executive councillors on Wednesday (June 13).
The Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man witnessed the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Arau here.
After the ceremony, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin said the crisis in Perlis should never have happened.
"I view this crisis as very serious, as we have lost valuable time. Let this be a lesson to us and it should never happen again," he said.
This enraged the state Ruler, who said the assemblymen's actions showed a lack of respect.
He had earlier said that he did not pick Tambun Tulang assemblyman Datuk Ismail Kassim as mentri besar, as he did not want a "puppet" controlled by others.
Shahidan shot back, saying Ismail had the backing of the nine assemblymen and Azlan should be sacked for accepting the post.
He filed a suit at Perlis High Court last month challenging Azlan's legitimacy as mentri besar.