March 23, 2008 14:07 PM
KUALA TERENGGANU, March 23 (Bernama) -- State Assemblyman for Kijal Datuk Ahmad Said Sunday received the letter of appointment as the new Terengganu Menteri Besar from the Regency Advisory Council (MPPR) at a closed-door ceremony at Istana Tetamu, here this morning.
Kijal State Assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said accepting the letter of appointment from the head of the Council, Tengku Sri Panglima Raja Tengku Baderulzaman.
Ahmad, 51, received the letter of appointment from the head of the Council, Tengku Sri Panglima Raja Tengku Baderulzaman, witnessed by two other members of the Council, Tengku Sri Laksamana Raja Tengku Sulaiman Sultan Ismail and former Federal Court Judge, Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman.
Meanwhile, Terengganu palace official Mohd Yasim Awang told Bernama that the date for the swearing in of the new Menteri Besar, however, had yet to be fixed.
The ceremony this morning was also attended by six members of the Dewan Pangkuan Diraja (Royal Regency Council), State Secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong, State Legal Advisor Mohamad Sekeri Mamat and Chief Police Officer Datuk Ayub Yaakob.
The ceremony, which was held under tight security with policemen maintaining order outside the palace grounds, started at 8.20 am and ended about eight minutes later.
Ahmad, who is also the Kemaman Umno division head, was seen entering the palace at 7.25 am escorted by Ayub, and left the palace about 8.45 am in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
All members of the media, except for the photographer and cameraman from the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), were prevented from entering the palace to cover the event.
Journalists tried to get a response from Ahmad after the event but failed to contact him.
Earlier, 22 Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen led by the secretary of the State Umno Liaison Body, Datuk Rosol Wahid, who opposed the appointment of Ahmad as the Terengganu Menteri Besar in place of Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, arrived at Istana Tetamu about 7.50 am to hand over the letter of protest on the appointment.
Rosol, who was not allowed to enter the palace, later handed over the letter to the Secretary of the Terengganu Regency Advisory Council, Shafie Ali.
When met by reporters, Rosol said the letter, among other tings, stated that all the 22 BN elected representatives fully supported the reppointment of Idris as the Menteri Besar and rejected Ahmad's appointment as the new MB.
"Our support for Datuk Seri Idris is unanimous. There is no other person qualified to hold the Menteri Besar's post apart from him (Idris)," Rosol said.
He said Ahmad's appointment was invalid and hoped that those involved would take a serious view on the matter as it involved the interest of the people in the state.
He said if Ahmad were to proceed with his intention to take the oath of office as Menteri Besar, the Kijal Assemblyman would be violating the party rules and action could be taken against him, including expulsion from the party.
"That's why we sent the letter of protest because Umno and BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had informed me last night that Ahmad would be contravening the Umno constitution should he take the oath of office," he said.
Rosol said the protest letter had been sent to Ahmad and a copy to the Head of the MPPR.
Since the Terengganu BN won in the general election on March 8, winning 24 of the 32 State Assembly seats and seven of the eight parliamentary seats, the state government had functioned without a Menteri Besar.
On Saturday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said disciplinary action could be taken against Ahmad if he were to accept the post of Terengganu Menteri Besar as he would be going against the instruction of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who wanted Idris to remain as the MB.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairman and Umno president, had issued a letter nominating Idris as the Terengganu Menteri Besar.
Meanwhile, several supporters of Idris were seen gathering at the official residence of the Menteri Besar at Seri Iman, here, to give their support to the Jertih Assemblyman to be reappointed as the MB for a second term.
Ahmad, who was a former State Umno Youth head, has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and had held the Kijal state seat since the 1990 general election, but lost the seat in the 1999 general election to PAS candidate Mehamed Sulong by a majority of 264 seats.
Ahmad, who had previously served as Assistant District Officer in Kemaman and Setiu, Terengganu was appointed State Executive Councillor in charge of Local Government and Housing in March 2004.
Idris Jusoh no more. UPDATED: Or not. Read about the boycott here.
It is learned that the 22-BN assemblymen will send a protest note to the palace but in a joint declaration this evening, the 22 assemblymen pledged to stay away from the palace ceremony and some said they were willing to vacate their seats to force by-elections if Idris was not appointed.
Utusan Malaysia demanded a pound of flesh from Kit when he asked for DAP's ADUN to boycott the swearing-in (he has since apologised for that). Here, Howsy also demands for a pound of flesh from them.
22 Mac, 2008 18:02 PM
TERENGGANU, 22 Mac (Bernama) -- Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri kawasan Kijal Datuk Ahmad Said dilantik sebagai Menteri Besar Terengganu dan istiadat angkat sumpah akan diadakan di Kuala Terengganu esok (23 Mac), pejabat Sultan Terengganu mengumumkan hari ini.
Ahmad Said. Picture source.