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Friday, March 28, 2008

The Malaysian Drama - oh, the twists!

The Main Stream Media (MSM) is buzzing, is buzzing, so let me add my bit into the mix. The drama that is Malaysian politics has more twists then my mother's favorite soap-opera, The Bold and The Beautiful. In this case, it should be called - The Ugly and The Ball-Less.

So initially 22 assembly men from Terengganu supported the (then) approved candidate for the Mentri Besar post. They lead a protest, had people screaming at the choice of the Palace and called the Sultan of Terengganu names.
The boycott of the event announced on Saturday by the 22 Barisan Nasional assemblymen did not take place as none of them was invited to the function at Istana Tetamu, but they nevertheless arrived at 7.55am to deliver two letters.

The first letter was to indicate to the council that all 22 state assemblymen - the entire government bench except for Ahmad and outgoing menteri besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh - wanted Idris as leader of the state.

The second letter was to Ahmad to warn him that stern action would be taken by Umno should he accept the appointment.

The letters were hand-delivered to palace officials by state Umno liaison chief Datuk Rosol Wahid amid tight security outside the palace compound.

Article: NST
May I remind Pak Lah (PM - Abdullah Badawi) that he said Ahmad Said appointment was unconstitutional.
The Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president said the majority of BN Terengganu elected representatives supported Idris.

"Therefore, any appointment other than his is against the Constitution and not valid."

Abdullah was referring to the appointment of Kijal state assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said as menteri besar.

Article: NST
A lot of hoo-haa and in the end total embarrassment on the PM's part and his backers. So what is first unconstitutional is now constitutional;
Q: Is the appointment of Ahmad constitutional?

A: It was done in accordance with the Terengganu state constitution. We don't want to engage on the issue of its legality. It has been more than two weeks since we were declared the winner, so it is our intention to ensure that the people of Terengganu have a government to look after their interests and carry out projects planned for the progress of the state.

Article: NST
What an about turn! Furthermore after saying that they would not support, they now support  en masse;
Barisan Nasional has decided to fully support Kijal assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said as the new Terengganu Mentri Besar instead of its earlier choice Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi made the announcement after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting at the PWTC yesterday. 

Article: The Star
So here are a few questions that need answering:
  1. Will action be taken against the 22 assembly men who organized an illegal rally and insulted the Terengganu palace?
  2. Who are the PM legal advisors, who clearly advised him wrongly concerning appointments and his scope of power?
  3. Why was the Sultan of Terengganu, who happens to be the current Agong of Malaysia, so upset with Idris Jusoh? And the PM clearly had a part to play in that drama.
  4. How come BN people have rapid fire tongues and short-memories? They seem to be able to support, condemn a decision and make threats, yet in the same week reverse everything they said and decided?
So the drama has only unfolded. We are watching. It gets interesting by the day and to tell you the truth, I am amazed that the MSM is spinning this in such a way that the BN never put a foot wrong.

Stay tuned for the next episode of - The Ugly and The Ball-Less.


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