Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ahmad to start work as MB tomorrow

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
of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will start work tomorrow.

terengganu and ahmad said and umnoAt a massive gathering at his
house in Teluk Kalong, Kemaman,
late this afternoon, Ahmad told his supporters that he would assume the post tomorrow.

Eyewitnesses say that several
hundred people had gathered to hear Ahmad speak.

“I never dreamt of being the menteri besar of Terengganu,”
he told his supporters.

“I will work hard,” he said, adding that he would be
“going to office tomorrow”.

However, it is still unclear when Ahmad would be
sworn in as MB.

Earlier today, he had an audience with Sultan Mizan
Zainal Abidin - who is also serving as the Agung -
in Kuala Lumpur.

On his way back to Terengganu, he was escorted by a
strong crowd of 2,000 from the Pahang border to his
house - a 10-kilometer long journey.

It is also learnt that he has managed to convince 13
out of the 22 BN state representatives to back him for the post.

Meanwhile, opposition party PAS today fully supported the
move by the Terengganu palace to appoint Ahmad as MB.

Hadi Awang: Respect palace's decision

hadi awang 010807Party president Abdul Hadi Awang said he believed the
decision by the palace was in accordance with the real wishes of the people of Terengganu.

“We are confident that the palace’s decision to appoint Ahmad
was based in the dissatisfaction of the palace and the people
of Terengganu against the former menteri besar,” he said in a
statement today.

He added that the people of Terengganu would definitely
understand and accept the appointment of Ahmad as it was
them who had to “suffer in the hands of the previous person’s ineffectiveness”.

“We urge the people of Terengganu to respect the wishes
of the palace for the sake of stability and prosperity in the
state,” he added.

The state of Terengganu is presently in a
constitutional turmoil following the appointment
of the palace-backed Ahmad over the previous menteri
besar Idris Jusoh, who has the support of Prime Minister
Abdullah and the 22 BN state representatives in the state.

In the general election, Idris-led BN retained the retained
the state comfortably by winning 24 out of 32 state seats.
PAS won the rest. He was then given the assurance by
the prime minister that he would be reappointed
as the menteri besar.

However, the sultan is not in favour of Idris and has chosen
Ahmad to lead the state. Ahmad is believed to have the
support of the grassroots Umno members and leaders.

PKR: Don’t be provocative

Ahmad, also the Kemaman Umno division chief, received
his appointment letter from the Regency Advisory
Council yesterday morning, almost at the same time
when the 22 BN state representatives submitted
a protest letter to the palace against the appointment
of Ahmad.

Idris and the 22 state representatives also met up
with Abdullah last night to discuss the matter.

Umno too has decided to take action against Ahmad
for disobeying the party line in accepting the palace’s
appointment. He is expected to be sacked the moment
he participates in the swearing-in ceremony,
to be held on Wednesday.

Ahmad however is confident that he has the necessary
support of the state representatives to form a state
government. He has asked for two to three days to
name his exco line-up.

Meanwhile PKR Terengganu today expressed its
disappointment in the crisis over the appointment
of the menteri besar.

The opposition party also urged Umno to respect the
wishes of the palace in the appointment of Ahmad.

“Even if they disagree to that appointment, they
should not be issuing provocative or insulting
statements against the palace,” said the state PKR
secretary Razali Alias in a statement today.

He added that all Terengganu citizens must firmly
stand behind the decision made by the sultan,
who is also the present agong.