March 23, 2008 19:58 PM
SEPANG, March 23 (Bernama) -- The appointment of Kijal assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said as the new Menteri Besar of Terengganu is unconstitutional, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
"Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (who was slated for the post) commands majority support (among the elected representatives). This has not changed.
"As such, the appointment of any other person to the post is unconstitutional," Abdullah said when asked to comment on the action by 22 Terengganu Barisan Nasional assemblyman in the state who have protested Ahmad's appointment to lead the state.
Earlier, Abdullah had witnessed the 2008 Petronas Formula One Grand Prix held at the Sepang Circuit here, Sunday. He had also presented the winner's trophy to the race's winner, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's Kimi Raikkonen.
The Kijal assemblyman received the letter of appointment as the new Terengganu Menteri Besar from the state's Regency Advisory Council at a closed-door meeting at Istana Tetamu in Kuala Terengganu this morning.
The date for his swearing-in, however, had yet to be fixed.
On today's race, Abdullah said the success of the BMW Sauber team in attaining second place was something to be proud of.
"I want to congratulate the BMW Sauber team for the achievement...it is only a matter of time before they emerge world champions," he said.
He also praised the role Petronas led by its president Tan Sri Hassan Marican played in the team's development. Petronas is a premium sponsor of the BMW Sauber team.
BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica of Poland finished second in the race behind Kimi Raikkonen of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team. Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes' Heikki Kovalainen came in third.
Don't drag king?
Don't trap king? Does it apply now?
Scans by Doc Mave.
Second principle of Rukunnegara, anyone?