|Ahmad to start work as MB tomorrow|
|Mar 24, 08 4:46pm|
Kijal state representative Ahmad Said, who has been appointed
by the Terengganu sultan as mentri besar against the wish
At a massive gathering at his
Earlier today, he had an audience with Sultan Mizan
On his way back to Terengganu, he was escorted by a
Meanwhile, opposition party PAS today fully supported the
Party president Abdul Hadi Awang said he believed the
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
|MB crisis deepens in Terengganu|
|K Kabilan | Mar 23, 08 10:45am|
Kijal assemblyperson Ahmad Said this morning officially received his appointment letter as the Terengganu menteri besar but a constitutional crisis looms as he was sacked from Umno.
According to observers the swearing-in ceremony now looks remote after Umno earlier today sacked Ahmad from the party for disobeying party leadership.
However Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu - who is also the present king - preferred Ahmad to take over as the state’s menteri besar. Idris is believed to have had a fallout with the sultan over several issues.
Also this morning, state Umno secretary Rosol Wahid handed over to a palace official a letter signed by the 22 Umno assemblypersons protesting Ahmad’s appointment. The letter also insisted that Idris should be sworn in as the rightful menteri besar.
A snap poll soon?
He said that even if Ahmad is sworn-in, the BN state representatives can call for a vote of no confidence against him.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
|Another BN MP ready to jump ship?|
|Tony Thien | Mar 21, 08 1:12pm|
BN-SPDP's Mas Gading MP Dr Tiki Lafe, dropped from his deputy minister’s post, has neither denied nor confirmed speculations that he is quitting his party to join the opposition when contacted today.
Asked on the rumours over the phone this morning, the Bidayuh 'ear, nose and throat' specialist-turned-politician would only say, "I am on holiday with my family."
Pressed further on the matter, he added, "I am not saying anything."
Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), one of four components in the Sarawak BN, has four MPs, including Tiki who was not re-appointed deputy minister on Tuesday.
Instead, the party has two new faces as deputy ministers - Jelaing Mersat, an Iban and Saratok MP, and Jacob Sagan, a Kenyah and Baram MP.
Tiki first contested Mas Gading in the 1999 general election, defeating incumbent and State Reform Party (Star) president Dr Patau Rubis.
Immediately after his victory, Tiki’s then party, Snap, nominated him to replace party veteran Peter Tinggom as deputy minister in the federal cabinet.
When SPDP was formed following the Snap crisis in 2002, Tiki joined the new party and continued as deputy minister in Kuala Lumpur after the 2004 general election.
In the May 8 polls, Tiki defeated Patau and two other independents to win Mas Gading for the third time.
Interestingly, it is learnt that there was a lot of lobbying within SPDP for Tiki to be replaced as candidate for the just-concluded election but last-minute intervention from a third party saw his name back on the candidate’s list.
Meanwhile, Tiki is said to have replied to a Sarawak journalist via SMS today that ‘I am still in KL and due to leave for overseas later."
Richard changes his mind
In another development BN-SUPP's Serian MP Richard Riot, who was reported to have quit his party yesterday, has a change of mind today - he has decided to stay.
However, the denial did not come from him directly.
Yap said Richard pledged full support for Supp and loyalty to the BN under the leadership of the Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He added that the MP, who is a party's vice-president, is now in Kuala Lumpur to meet Abdullah to clarify his position.
Yap did not say when Richard would be returning to Kuching or when he would issue a statement to the media.
Attempts by Malaysiakini to contact him on his mobile today were unsuccessful.
|T'ganu Umno rejects Ku Li's offer|
|Mar 21, 08 2:43pm|
Veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s offer to take over the party presidency today received a massive blow when the party leadership in Terengganu refused to back him.
Calling for EGM
Earlier this week, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh said he was willing to take over the leadership of the party in order to heal the party in the face of its disastrous defeat in the polls.
It is believed that while he enjoys the support of the BN state representatives, the Sultan of Terengganu is however rooting for another candidate.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
|Anwar says BN MPs mull defection|
|Mar 17, 08 7:01pm|
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today said he had held talks with a number of ruling coalition members of parliament interested in defecting after this month's landmark elections.
Anwar, a former deputy premier who was sacked and jailed a decade ago, helms a three-party alliance that made unprecedented gains in March 8 polls against the Barisan Nasional coalition which has ruled for half a century.
"People have come and approached me," Anwar said, adding that he had spoken with "quite a number" and told them their support would not be bought.
"If you want to surrender at a price, then you have chosen the wrong party," he told reporters, adding that they would be welcomed "if they accept our agenda".
Anwar confirmed he was canvassing support from coalition lawmakers in East Malaysia, which represents a power bloc that could unseat the government if it changed hands.
Barisan Nasional will have 140 lawmakers in the new 222-seat parliament, against 199 in the outgoing 219-seat parliament. The opposition alliance claimed 82 seats from just 20 previously, and four more states.
The opposition was today sworn into power in the last of the five states it now controls, including Kelantan which was already held by the Islamic party PAS, while Barisan Nasional was still trying to resolve its power struggles.
Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin from PAS was installed as chief minister in Perak, ending a public squabble among the three opposition parties who will rule there in coalition.
Fighting for political lifeAbdullah is fighting for his own political life as he fends off calls for his resignation to take responsibility for the election debacle.
The premier has rejected the pressure to quit, and pushed ahead with the formation of his new administration, with a new slimline cabinet expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
Abdullah has promised "new faces" and observers said the line-up will indicate his appetite for reform after the polls, which have transformed Malaysia's political landscape.
The previous cabinet had a whopping 32 ministers, 39 deputy ministers and 20 parliamentary secretaries, with jobs handed out to many of the 14 race-based parties that make up the coalition.
The large cabinet had been criticised as unwieldy and wasteful, and there is speculation that some ministries could be merged in line with the smaller Barisan Nasional representation in parliament.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
|Sultan Terengganu next to snub PM?|
|K Kabilan | Mar 15, 08 12:31pm|
Signs are emerging that the Terengganu royal household is also set to follow the heels of the Raja of Perlis in appointing a menteri besar who is not the Barisan Nasional's choice, paving the way for a possible direct confrontation between the royalty and the federal government.
He was the only one not invited for the meeting scheduled to take place in Putrajaya.