The Seri Iman Gambit

The Terengganu State Assembly building and State Government Complex

The political impasse in Terengganu is getting chronic. Upon the resignation of Menteri Besar Terengganu Dato’ Seri Ahmad Hj. Said resulted from the ‘agreement’ with Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak soon after 13GE was concluded exactly a year ago, the former announced to Astro Awani via e mail that he left UMNO and became an independent ADUN.

As Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib was presenting the GTP report card for 2013 where PEMANDU calculated of 104% improvement and 23% growth. another ADUN joined Ahmad and created a serious conundrum in Kuala Terengganu.

Riong Kali dot com story:

Najib to meet with Barisan reps tonight in light of state political impasse, says report

MAY 13, 2014

Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) will be meeting all Barisan Nasional (BN) Terengganu assemblymen tonight in Putrajaya, following the state’s political impasse, The Star Online reported.

A source told the English-language daily all state representatives were making their way to Putrajaya for the meeting with Najib, who is Umno president and BN chairman.

“All assemblymen have been summoned for the meeting tonight. The meeting is set to discuss the current political turmoil,” the source said.
The Star Online also reported that the source said the assemblymen would also discuss numerous possibilities, including dissolving the state assembly.

The dissolving of the state assembly and rumours of fresh elections were abuzz in social media when Datuk Seri Ahmad Said was replaced by Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman as Terengganu Menteri Besar yesterday.

These rumours were triggered when three Umno assemblymen – Ahmad Said, Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib, and Bukit Besi assemblyman Roslee Daud – quit the party and turned independent representatives today, in reaction to the removal of Ahmad Said.

This latest development leaves Barisan Nasional with 14 state seats, one fewer than Pakatan Rakyat’s 15 in the 32-seat assembly.

State legal adviser Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid, however, told The Star Online that the state assembly Speaker was counted as a representative of the ruling state government, giving a seat ratio of 15:15:3.

It was reported earlier that Umno deputy president and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was also on his way to Kuala Terengganu to meet Ahmad Said to find a solution to the crisis. – May 13, 2014.

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This political impasse which was announced yesterday evening which started last night had its root when HRH Sultan of Terengganu, then sitting as His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIII got involved in politics. When BN retained more than 2/3rd majority in Terengganu State Assembly on the 12GE 8 March 2008, HRH through the Chairman of the Royal Advisory Council (acting on behalf of the Regent) refused to accept BN nominated UMNO Terengganu Chairman Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh.

Ahmad Said accepting the instrument of the appointment as Menteri Besar Terengganu, from the Chairman of the Royal Advisory Council (acting on behalf of Regent of Terengganu) Tengku Seri Panglima DiRaja Tengku Badrulzaman Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud  (circa March 2008)

Instead, HRH was adamant that Ahmad should be made Menteri Besar instead, despite the latter did not command the confidence and majority support of the elected representatives and party. 22 BN ADUNs were backing party’s nominated Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh as the Menteri Besar.

Ahmad was sacked from UMNO for going against party lines the day he swore in as the Menteri Besar Terengganu. That was the original political impasse. Then PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor leadership had to succumb to HRH Sultan Terengganu’s insistence and accepted Ahmad back into UMNO fold.

Six years later, it has been proven that Ahmad had been a lousy leader and cannot carry out his duties and deliverables, as the Menteri Besar Terengganu. Even HRH Sultan Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud sounded out to Ahmad in HRH’s titah.

Bernama.com story:

Sultan Mizan Tegur Ahmad Said, “Minta Terengganu Tumpu Prinsip Tadbir Urus Baik”

Sultan Mizan Minta Terengganu Tumpu Prinsip Tadbir Urus Baik
Sultan Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin meminta Terengganu menekankan kepentingan dasar prinsip tadbir urus baik dalam semua dimensi pengurusan, pematuhan peraturan undang-undang serta ketelusan maklumat sebagai agenda utama kerajaan negeri.

Baginda bertitah sebagai negeri menuju ke arah pembangunan dan berdaya saing, kerajaan negeri di bawah pimpinan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said perlu menambahbaik prosedur kerja dan mengurang karenah birokrasi untuk memperkaya pengurusan dalam memberi perkhidmatan kepada rakyat.

“Ini termasuklah nilai integriti dan akauntabiliti yang sedia wujud dalam kepimpinan negeri ini dan Beta harap sistem ini terus diamalkan dan ditingkatkan,” titah baginda pada Istiadat Pembukaan Penggal Sidang Kedua Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Ke-13 di Wisma Darul Iman di sini Ahad.

Baginda juga bertitah supaya suara rakyat diutamakan dalam memacu kemajuan negeri agar selari dengan slogan ‘Merakyatkan Pentadbiran dan Pembangunan’.

“Rakyat merupakan elemen penting pembangunan malah kemajuan yang dikecapi tertakluk kepada kesepaduan rakyat.

Sekiranya jika tiada persefahaman, kerjasama dan perpaduan di antara kerajaan dan rakyat negeri ini, pembangunan yang nikmati selama ini akan terbatas,” titah baginda.

Justeru itu, Sultan Mizan meminta kerajaan negeri memberi penekanan lebih dalam mengenal pasti strategi, kelemahan, peluang dan halangan khususnya dari aspek urus tadbir ekonomi ke arah ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Tuanku Mizan meminta Kerajaan Persekutuan menambah peruntukan kepada Terengganu sebanyak RM50 juta bagi menggantikan paip-paip pecah dan bermasalah secara berkala untuk mengurangkan kadar kehilangan air tidak terakaun supaya rakyat dapat menikmati bekalan air bersih.

“Beta bersyukur kerana Syarikat Air Terengganu (SATU) berusaha menurunkan kadar kehilangan air tidak terakaun sekurang-kurangnya 30 peratus dalam tempoh 5 tahun akan datang wajar diberi pujian,” titah baginda.

Dalam pada itu, Sultan Mizan turut berpuas hati dengan hasil pelaksanaan program pembangunan yang menyaksikan ekonomi Terengganu berkembang pada tahap positif selain berjaya menarik ramai pelabur dalam negara dan asing dengan projek pelaburan bernilai berbilion ringgit.

“Beta puas hati dengan pertumbuhan ekonomi negeri yang berdaya tahan pada 2013 telah memberi sumbangan kepada Keluaran Dalam Negeri Kasar (KDNK) negeri sebanyak RM20.2 bilion.

“Dengan pengekalan kukuh melalui asas ekonomi domestik dan pelaburan swasta serta pasaran tenaga kerja yang stabil, pertumbuhan ekonomi negeri dijangka terus positif tahun ini,” titah baginda.

Antara projek pelaburan nilai berimpak tinggi itu ialah pembinaan loji bersepadu bio-metionina dan tiokimia pertama di dunia oleh pelabur CheilJedang (CJ) dari Korea Selatan dan pelabur Arkema dari Perancis di Taman Bio Polimer di Kerteh yang merupakan di bawah kendalian pembangunan Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER).

Pelabur dari Amerika Syarikat, Cevo Inc pula dijangka memberi komitmen pelaburan sebanyak RM1.65 bilion untuk membangunkan loji pembuatan isobutanol dan biojisim selulosa.

Pembangunan fizikal dalam Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu, pembinaan ‘drawbridge’, menaik taraf semua jalan raya utama negeri kepada empat lorong, pembangunan kawasan Bandar Baharu Bukit Besar dan daerah baharu Kuala Nerus adalah antara projek yang dipuji Sultan Mizan dalam usaha kerajaan negeri menyelesaikan masalah rakyat seperti perumahan, infrastruktur dan kemudahan asas lain.

“Beta juga gembira apabila bandar raya Kuala Terenggganu mula meyaingi bandar raya maju di negara ini dengan adanya pembangunan Muara Selatan dan Muara Utara serta mengukuhkan imej Kuala Terengganu sebagai ‘Bandar Raya Warisan Pesisir Air’,” titah baginda.

Sultan Terengganu turut menyarankan kerajaan negeri supaya memberi fokus berterusan terhadap sektor industri kecil dan sederhana (IKS), kesihatan awam, industri pelancongan terutama pembangunan Tasik Kenyir, pembinaan rumah mampu milik, sektor pertanian yang lebih komersil dan isu kemiskinan dalam kalangan rakyat Terengganu.

“Beta berpuas hati dengan berkat usaha yang dilaksanakan kerajaan negeri di mana 31,120 rakyat negeri ini telah terkeluar daripada senarai Pendapatan Garis Kemiskinan berdasarkan data dikumpul dan disahkan oleh Unit Penyelarasan Pelaksanaan, Jabatan Perdana Menteri pada 12 Mac tahun lepas,” titah baginda.

– BERNAMA

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There are some speculations that rife from Ahmad’s dismissal as Menteri Besar Terengganu and it is bent about something to do with abuse of power. The rumour is believed to be centred around an asset worth a few RM million being transferred to a nominee, at the sum of RM 1.00.

Never the less, there are lessons to be learned from the Seri Iman Gambit. Ahmad’s tenure in executive position as an UMNO politician is at the pleasure of the Prime Minister. More over when he did not get overwhelming support as at the 13GE, where BN only managed to pathetically retain 17 out of 32 seats contested for the State Assembly and 4 out of 8 Parliamentary seats in Terengganu.

UMNO was right all along that Ahmad was never a Menteri Besar material. Regardless what his personal reasons are, the childish behaviour is clearly demonstrated here for leaving the party which provided him the platform and support system that enabled him to ascend to the Chief Executive post of a state.

It is up to Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib to provide the testimony if not the proof of the ‘agreement’ made with Ahmad exactly a year ago. This provide ample evidence that Ahmad is a man of defective integrity.

The most important lesson of all is that HRH Rulers should go with the decision of the people after a GE has been concluded and respect party’s nomination for the Menteri Besar post.

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  1. Reblogged this on Razonable.

  2. At a time when UMNO relies on support of its,members and Malay voters, PM should be more circumspect in dealing with Umno members and not think they are pushovers and will just say ‘yes, Mr.President.’ Times have changed. Najib needs Umno members and Malay votes more than they need him. Treat people with respect and don’t dispense people in a humiliating way. People like Ahmad Said have no qualms about telling Najib off by quitting Umno and set a stage for a political crisis that hit right on the nose of President UMNO. What to do? We are unfortunate to have the weakest PM in the history of this country and a President of Umno who ain’t popular and has really lost it. The Ahmad Said issue could have been resolved with more tact and respect. He wanted to step down after his daughter’s wedding but was rejected by the President. Know what? Such acts of no humility and arrogance by the President will only destroy trust and respect for him by many in Umno. His agenda of wanting to ‘ Meremajakan UMNO ‘ is another self glorify liberal agenda which he thinks members will accept without question. And Muhyiddin had to do the running around to repair the damage done by the President.

    • I agree with you.

      1) If Ahmad Said already knew that his days were numbered and that should he agreed to let go of the MB-ship within one year post-GE 13, why must he planned his daughter’s wedding to be held at the MB’s official residence when he already knew the date which he needs to move out? Buat awal sikit tak boleh? Or buat la kat hotel macam orang lain. MB baru pun sama, apa salahnya cakap ‘Takpe la, you boleh buat majlis tu kat rumah tu, nanti dah settle baru I move in’. Ahmad Said mungkin malu nak tanya. Mencabar sangat ke orang Melayu-Islam nak bersepakat macam tu? Majlis kahwin ni bukan benda kecil.

      2) Why can’t UMNO Pusat pun bertolak ansur sikit? Kalau Ahmad Said minta extra few days pun, bagi lah, apa salahnya? It’s not like he can do much about it politically pun. Kalau sesama Melayu nak tegas sangat, disiplin sangat tapi kalau dengan Cina, semuanya terkedu tak boleh cakap apa. ISMA cakap based on historical facts, orang UMNO sibuk condemn ISMA plak? DAP cakap macam-macam dalam the Star, jentik pun tak.

      3) “Meremajakan UMNO”? What is that? How can they “Meremajakan UMNO” when there are plenty of useless dinosaurs around? Sibuk kejar kontrak buat t-shirt dan banner. Secondly, want to “meremajakan UMNO” does not mean the party has to subscribe to that “liberal, progressive” bull-shits. I cannot stand that kind of IDEAS-infused, urbane pseudo-intellects telling others that it is ok to be kacang lupakan kulit-type oreos. UMNO is not PKR and should never aspire to be like PKR. UMNO should get their act together la, otherwise there will be no party left to “diremajakan” after GE-14.

      Ciao dahling!

  3. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  4. With the Malays being split apart by pengkhianat bangsa dan negara Anwar Al Juburi, utterly exploited on by the racist anti-Malay and anti-Islam DAP, hammered on by the Tsunami Chinese at PRU13, are these happenings in Trengganu what the Malays are all about? Are we not ashamed? Don’t we think about our long term future? Can the likes of Hang Tuah now still shout, “Aku mahu hidup 1,000 tahun lagi”?

    Three aspects to be commented on: 1. Sultan “got involved in politics” 2. Mat Said’s “overly personal” matter 3. Najib’s inconsiderate stand.

    1. It appears to have started when the Constitutional Monarch goes beyond the constitutional role as provided under the Constitution. The Trengganu State Constitution must be along the same lines as the Federal Constitution as regards the role and functions of the Sultan. Alas, we cannot say much on this in view of the Sedition Act.

    The “flip flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy” administration under Tun Dol has made it appear acceptable for the Sultan to refuse UMNO’s nominee as MB in 2008. It led to Mat Said (people call him that in Trengganu) being appointed, and the dismal elections results in 2013. And the 1-year “probationary period” of his term of appointment at that time. Then the very childish, unthinking reaction when “not confirmed” in that.appointment a few days ago.

    2. We can say a lot about the commoner Mat Said. Indeed, a lot must be said for his otak udang. Is it not otak udang when you react stupidly just because you can’t continue to hold the MB’s position during your daughter’s wedding? Risking not just the image of the oldest and longest ruling political party but also risking the life of its rule in the politically precious state of Trengganu.

    What the hell was he thinking about? Did it not occur to his mind that, however badly he felt about Najib’s refusing his request to stay on for another month, the fact is that the BN government was on a weak footing, with a majority of just 2. How deep was his feelings for UMNO, what kind of loyalty did he have for the party that he said he worked for 17 years, not realizing that there are many thousands who have worked for UMNO for 30-40 years, even lasting a lifetime, in so many ways. Why was he selected as the bidan terjun in 2008?

    So many things to be asked and said about him, But let the others take their turn in here.

    • Ooh, dahling – not the “Tsunami” again!

      It’s getting to be rather tiresome the way people keep harping on it.

      And, surely, Umno should be practising “meritocracy” when it comes to nominating MBs and CMs, as well as MPs, State Assembly persons and Senators. Shouldn’t it?

      Or is it content to settle for the lowest common denominator and for those who command the biggest war chests?

      • Olov Skilnon,

        Tired of hearing “tsunami”? Good. Sure more will come out endlessly until you drop dead.

        “meritocracy” is a bluff word used by the ungrateful ingrates only. Nobody else cares about it.

        The biggest war chests are kept by DAP and the tsunami Chinese. The Penang Undersea Tunnel project increased in cost from RM4 to 6 to 8 billion even before starting.

      • Olov,

        Give up lah. Why you people keep talking about “meritocracy”? No meritocracy in DAP since party foundation what. Many members not allowed to vote, notice of CEC election not sent out to those who Tokong Lim dislike.

        The CEC Election not recognized by RoS in 2012, the CEC Re-Election also not accepted in 2013.

        And Tokong Lim and the whole so-called CEC is not legal now. The “merit-shit-acy”?

  5. And now for the 3rd aspect of the drama – Najib’s inconsiderate stand.

    His statement to Mat Said implying that personal matters (the daughter’s wedding”) should not override political or State matters was valid. But he did not state or explain how important or urgent it was for Mat Said to leave immediately. Even if the transfer of million Ringgit asset for RM1 was true, surely it does not justify removing him immediately. Najib must explain or face adverse comments against him.

    But in order to understand or explain the recent and current political situation, one cannot avoid mentioning “the facts of history” and, as UMNO’s interest can be considered as the national interest because it represents the majority in this country – upsetting it may cause disturbance and political instability in the country – the Sultan’s role needs to be said.

    There have been rather perplexing developments in the past, as pointed out by BD. When BN retained more than 2/3rd majority in Terengganu in 2008, the Sultan refused to accept BN nominee Idris Jusoh as MB. Why was that?

    The Sultan was adamant that Mat Said be made Menteri Besar instead, despite the latter not commanding the confidence and majority support of the 22 BN ADUNs who were backing Idris Jusoh. Again, why was that?

    Ahmad was sacked from UMNO for going against party lines the day he was sworn in as the Menteri Besar. Then ‘Flip-Flop’ PM Abdullah Badawi succumbed to the Sultan’s insistence and accepted Ahmad back into UMNO fold. Yet six years later, the Sultan “sounded out” in his titah that Ahmad had been a lousy leader and cannot carry out his duties. Is that why Najib wants Ahmad to leave the post immediately?

    The rakyat needs answers. UMNO rank and file needs answers. UMNO supporters who gave BN 88 seats at PRU13 need answers. Meanwhile, let’s repeat the statement that “the most important lesson of all is that HRH Rulers should go with the decision of the people after a GE has been concluded and respect party’s nomination for the Menteri Besar post.” It has to be that. It’s the position of a “Constitutional Monarch”.

  6. Looks like Tun Dol has contributed a lot to the situation in Trengganu. He was the one agreeing to the Sultan rejecting Idris Jusoh in 2008.

    If Tun Dr Mahathir, he would amend laws or use UMNO to ensure “HRH Rulers go with the decision of the people after a GE has been concluded and respect party’s nomination for the Menteri Besar post.” With 3.5 mill members, UMNO should not be treated lightly. But UMNO must choose a strong leader. Not the kind who “boleh di gosok gosok kepala”.

    And who chose Ahmad Said? He appears arrogant and kepala besar nak lawan tokeh. UMNO must get rid this kind of people. Have more of Shahidan Kasim who grinned and bear it when people blocked his nomination as MB. And now Shahidan is a Minister. Good UMNO man.

  7. News reports say Ahmad Said has returned to Umno and pledges support to Najib.

    He has vowed to give his full backing to Umno and party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after retracting his resignation.

    I still don’t like him. His photo looks like a gangster to me now. Never trust a fellow like that.

  8. Saya sokong kata kata “HRH Rulers should go with the decision of the people after a GE has been concluded and respect party’s nomination for the Menteri Besar post.”

  9. That episode should be in Guinness world record, within a week everything back to normal. Najib attended Ahmad Said’s daughter wedding. That’s is good gesture, how a Malay should behave, Budi baik kita kenang juga, though for a mere 6 years as an MB. Maybe too short a period as an MB. But he agreed to that. So again ” kalau lembu kena pegang pada talinya” Manusia pada janjinya. But most politicians choose to be behaving like lembu/s.


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