Wednesday, 15 April 2009

The 10 'rebel' Terengganu BN assemblymen end boycott

All the 10 assemblymen, who boycotted the Terengganu state assembly Tuesday, turned up in full force for today's session this morning after being asked to do so by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The assemblymen - all of whom are from Umno - were said to be involved in a plan to move a motion of no-confidence against Menteri Besar Ahmad Said.

They had said yesterday they will only attend the assembly sittings if their safety could be guaranteed after three of them received ‘death threats’ through SMSes on late Monday.

However, Datuk Seri Najib, who is Umno president, ordered the state representatives yesterday to attend the state assembly sitting today - the last day of sitting.

This morning assembly session started promptly at 9.30am with all the 32 state assemblymen in attendance - 24 from the BN and eight from the opposition PAS.

According to a Bernama report, the meeting proceeded smoothly, beginning with the question-and-answer session.

Former menteri besar and Jertih state representative Idris Jusoh confirmed to reporters that the 10 assemblymen attended the sitting today after being instructed to do so by Najib.

He said a safety assurance by the police also was another reason.

Rosol Wahid (Ajil) meanwhile was reported to have said that he had submitted reports on the matter to Datuk Seri Najib, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Terengganu palace.

Rosol was one of the three state representatives who alleged he had received a life threatening SMS on Monday night, asking the trio to drop their plans to initiate a vote of no-confidence against MB Ahmad "if they valued their life".

The three had lodged a police report on the same day and along with seven others skipped the assembly sitting yesterday stating that they were worried for their safety.

However, Datuk Najib said he had spoken to the Mentri Besar who had denied that the threatening SMSes received by trio came from his office.

On the latest political development in Terengganu, Datuk Najib has described it as “something that is not unusual“ adding that there was no tension in the state and the issue was manageable.

“It is not a full-blown political crisis. It is not something unusual; we can manage,” he said.

Related article: Who's trying to fix up Ahmad Said: here

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