Thursday, May 15, 2014

Terengganu Farce

On Monday, Kijal state assemblyperson Ahmad Said (left) was replaced as the Terengganu menteri besar by colleague Seberang Takir state assemblyperson Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman. Soon after, he dropped his ‘quit-UMNO’ bombshell.
 
Not only that, Ajil state assemblyperson Ghazali Taib also followed in Ahmad’s footsteps and so too did Bukit Besi state assemblyperson Roslee Daud. With all three declaring themselves as independents, it means that BN became a minority government in the Terengganu state assembly, with only 14 BN representatives to Pakatan Rakyat's 15 representatives, and not counting the threesome.
 
In explaining his surprise move, Ahmad expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Najib Razak. "I have worked in UMNO for a long time. I told the PM that my daughter's wedding reception is on May 17 and asked for the change of MB to happen after that," Ahmad was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
 
"He told me that was a personal matter, so I told him not to blame me if I quit the party."
 
[The so-called crisis was triggered after Najib authorized Ahmad Said’s resignation letter, which he signed before his reappointment as menteri besar for a second term after the general election in May last year. It is widely believed that Ahmad was forced to step down from office mid-term, reportedly due to the BN’s weakest polls performance in a decade].
 
But the Terengganu farce did not end there. Less than 48 hours after they announced their exit from the party, the trio rejoined UMNO – supposedly after Najib apologized!
 
But in a Malaysia Chronicle report yesterday, Terengganu state executive councillor for Tourism and Culture Mohd Jidin Shafee insisted it was Ahmad Said who had sought forgiveness from Najib over his decision to quit UMNO during a Wednesday meeting in Putrajaya.
 
Whatever the case may be, a two-day rebellion (or so it seems) appears to have been brought to an end. Lots of smiles and handshakes to signal that all is well.
 
I don’t know about you but this was one of the best Malay dramas I have seen in a long, long time. And I am sure a lot of money would have exchanged hands. It looks like these Terengganu fellas have named their price.

A good Malaysian lesson on "How to become a millionaire in 48 hours".

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