Sunday, 23 March 2008

Terengganu heading for a constitutional crisis?

Umno (politicians) vs Palace?

The Terengganu Palace Saturday announced the appointment of Kijal state assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said (picture right) as the new Menteri Besar of the state and the swearing-in ceremony will be held at 8.00am Sunday(today).

However, 23 BN assemblymen, including Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh - the man they want as Menteri Besar - immediately responded by threatening to boycott the ceremony.

The group had sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Friday urging him to retain Datuk Seri Idris as Mentri Besar, after hearing news that he might not be retained for the post due to a "fall-out " with the palace.

Idris was widely expected to be made Mentri Besar for a second term after he led the state Barisan Nasional to victory in the recent polls, but talk of palace objections to the move surfaced just days after the conclusion of the general election.

The stand-off has resulted in Terengganu being the only state left without a Mentri Besar or Chief Minister.

The following statement has been issued by the palace:

"In accordance with Clause 14 Paragraph (2) (a) of the Terengganu State Constitution (Chapter 2), the Regency Advisory Council, in undertaking the function on behalf of the Regent, hereby appoints Datuk Ahmad Said as the Menteri Besar of Terengganu to head the Terengganu State Executive Council."

“What we have now is a royal constitutional crisis,” constitutional law expert Prof Shad Saleem Faruqi said, according to NST online.

Faruqi said the legal implications facing Terengganu following the boycott threat and the warning of no support for Ahmad is a “serious development.”

“There is a possibility that the new state government leader might face a vote of no confidence when the state assembly is called in session,” he said.

“However, the new Menteri Besar does not have to call the state assembly session for at least 90 days after the general election. The state assembly must be convened on May 13 at the earliest and does not have to face the elected state representative until such a date.”

Until the situation is resolved, Idris could continue to play the role as the state government care-taker leader, Faruqi said. Click here for the NST online report.

In an earlier Bernama report, here, Datuk Ahmad was warned that Umno will take stern disciplinary action against him if he accepts the post and attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Datuk Ahmad should not put individual interest before party interest and "bear the consequences" if he went ahead.

He said the Umno President had issued an appoinment letter to Datuk Seri Idris as the Menteri Besar and it was not right for Ahmad Said to take the oath for the position.


Anonymous said...

State Umno liaison secretary Datuk Rosol Wahid said the assemblymen would not accept any other appointment as the menteri besar but Idris, who had led the BN to win the state.

Wah berani lawan tuanku.

Anonymous said...

Tak Hormat raja. Belajaq ni Rukun Negara.

Kepercayaan kpd Tuhan
Kesetiaan kpd Raja dan Negara
Keluhuran Perlembagaan
Kedaulatan Undang-undang
Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan

Anonymous said...

It is good to see the Sultanate strikes back and has given the BN a tight slap in the face.

I'm glad Sultan Mizan, who is also the Yang diPertuan Agong, has taken this move.

The Raja of Perlis, too.

Such disrespectful bunch of BN state assemblymen.

Tsk, tsk, tsk!

Anonymous said...

UMNO will strike back and is sriking back..the sultans will pay a heavy price eventually

Anonymous said...

Bila bukan melayu LKS boikot majlis pertabalan MB Perak...itu adalah perbuatan biadab. Tetapi apabila orang melayu yang sungguh beradab ini boikot majlis pertabalan MB Terengganu,ini dikatakan suara majorati 22 ADUN.

Mana NGO2 melayu yang tunjukkan perasaan marah mereka apabila isu LKS diperbesarkan? Mana ada ahli politik melayu yang mempertahankan dan setia bersama raja mana?

I guess those UMNO goons don't know what kesetiaan means.They never learn anything even after its defeat on PRU12.

UMNO and BN will cease to exist in the next PRU13 all because arrogant and greedy pemimpin who only care about their own tombolok.

Anonymous said...

kak ton, what happened when LKS refused to attend the swearing in @ Perak, and now 22? I wonder what's the general comment then?