PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Though the identity of the new Selangor menteri besar is still shrouded in mystery, assemblyman Amirudin Shari is looking to be the likely candidate to replace Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Malay daily Sinar Harian reported that Mr Amirudin, 38, was spotted leaving the Selangor palace at 6.30pm on Monday (June 18), a day before the official swearing-in ceremony for the new chief minister.
Other Malaysian media has also reported about the high likelihood that Mr Amiruddin will get the post to lead Malaysia's most industrialised state.
Mr Amirudin was all smiles as he came out of the palace, and waved to members of the media waiting outside the palace.
Five minutes after he left, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani - private secretary of Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah - left the same place.
Mr Azmin will officially relinquish his position as Selangor Menteri Besar on Tuesday (June 19), as he has been appointed Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister by the Mahathir Mohamad administration.
Mr Azmin 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 stationed there.
On who would be sworn in on Tuesday morning to replace him, Mr Azmin remained mum, but said the candidate would be "dynamic, energetic and will continue the legacy of Selangor".
Mr 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 Mr Amirudin as the future Selangor menteri besar, as opposed to another assemblyman, Dr Idris Ahmad, 71.
Mr Amirudin is the preferred choice of most Pakatan assemblymen and is seen as being close to Mr Azmin's faction in Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had written to the Selangor palace naming Dr Idris as the choice of candidate.
Her recommendation was supported in writing by state leaders of Pakatan's component parties.