Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Another Terengganu Crisis in the Making?
LATEST – THE Star short message system service reports that the Bukit Besi Umno State Assemblyman, Roslee Daud, retracted his resignation from Umno after meeting Umno Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin.
Ajil representative, Ghazali Taib, was also said to be close to returning to the party.
As I have eluded at the bottom of this article, politicians can change their decisions at will if the “price” is right. I am not in any way suggesting that the two are being paid to return to the party, but it proves my point that a politician who we could all trust not to change his or her mind is a dead one.
Still, I say bravo to Muhyiddin for saving the day for Umno once again – not bad for a man who is “tired” and who, some people say, are on the verge of resigning.
COULD the Barisan Nasional be losing grips on Terengganu?
Could this be another bala’ for the luckless Prime Minister, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak?
The online media has reported that the axed Terengganu Menteri Besar, Ahmad Said, has left Umno and declared himself an independent state assemblyman.
Ahmad is said to have been joined by the Ajil Assemblyman and exco member, Ghazali Taib. Reports say more could be joining them.
They did so hours after Ahmad was replaced by the Seberang Takir State Assemblyman, Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, as Menteri Besar yesterday evening.
Technically, the BN is now down by two seats in the state assembly and that puts it on par with the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
In the May 5, 2013 general elections the BN won 17 seats and the PR won 14 via PAS and one through PKR.
And could the impossible happen - PAS joining Umno in forming a coalition government in the state?
Or will Terengganu be mired in yet another political crisis reminiscence of the 1960’s and 70’s?
If Ahmad and Ghazali persisted with their decision of leaving Umno and declaring themselves independent assemblymen, the PR could demand to form the state government.
It could also ask for a special session of the state assembly to pass a no confidence vote against the new Menteri Besar as he does not have a majority in the assembly.
The situation would be worse for the BN if indeed more Umno assemblymen follow Ahmad's and Ghazali's footsteps.
Still this is a developing situation. Politicians can change their decisions at will if the “price” is right. It is often said that a politician we could trust is a dead one. Wallahualklam.
- A KADIR JASIN
- I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).