Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, who was granted an audience with the Yang diPertuan Agong, Tuanku Mirzan Zainal Abidin before this morning's weekly Cabinet meeting, has agreed to the appointment of Ahmad as Terengganu Mentri Besar.
Last Sunday Datuk Abdullah described the appointment of the Kijal assemblyman as unconstitutional and as far as the Umno President was concerned his choice of Datuk Idris Jusoh as a candidate (for the post of Menteri Besar) remained unchanged.
Updated: by Malaysiakini at 6.32pm; It is learnt that after an audience with the king, Abdullah had agreed with the appointment of the palace-backed Ahmad Said for the post.
Here's the update from rocky'sbru
During the meeting with the Agong, my sources told me, the PM was asked to explain how the RM1 billion "wang ehsan" was disbursed by the State Government under former Menteri Besar Idris Jusoh.
Since winning back Terengganu from PAS in 2004, the BN government has been paying the State Government some RM1 billion a year (the "wang ehsan" did not exist when PAS ruled Terengganu). Terengganu has the second highest number of poor people in Malaysia, after Sabah. The present Yang diPertuan Agong hails from Terengganu. The PM was also told to meet with Ahmad Said, the Sultan of Terengganu's choice for MB. The Star said half an hour ago that the PM would also meet Idris.
Here's the report from the Star
Wednesday March 26, 2008MYT 3:27:55 PM
PM meets King
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on Wednesday morning.
It is believed that the meeting was to discuss the issue of the state's Mentri Besar, but there is no word yet on its outcome.
Abdullah is meeting with Terengganu Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh in Putrajaya in the afternoon. The former Mentri Besar was accompanied by several Barisan Nasional assemblyman from the state.