Tuesday, March 8, 2016

It’s just the beginning, PKR rep in Terengganu says after rejected motion

The failed motion of no-confidence against Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman at the legislative assembly yesterday was not the end, a PKR backbencher in the state said. Bandar assemblyman Azan Ismail said the "game has just begun", according to a Star Online report today. In the report, Azan said the opposition in the state might not be pushing the matter now, as they were more concerned with the way things were handled. The priority now, he was quoted as saying, was to ensure the state assembly and speaker respected the rules and regulations. "After what happened yesterday, the speaker should restore credibility and integrity in the house," Azan was quoted as saying by the news portal. The Star Online reported that the assembly sitting today had proceeded smoothly and none of the opposition members of the Terengganu legislature had raised the matter for debate. Absent from the sitting this morning was former menteri besar and Kijal rep Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who had tabled the motion which was rejected by Speaker Datuk Mohd Zubir Embong yesterday. It was reported that Zubir rejected the motion because Ahmad Said did not give the house two-week notice. Ahmad Razif replaced Ahmad Said as menteri besar in May 2014 after the latter was forced to resign. Ahmad Said nearly caused a crisis in the state when he announced his decision to exit Umno following his forced resignation. He retracted his decision to quit the party shortly later. Terengganu has 32 state assemblymen – 17 from Barisan Nasional (BN), including Ahmad Said; 14 from PAS and one from PKR. If Ahmad Said withdraws support from BN, there will be equal number of state representatives from both the ruling party and the opposition. – March 9, 2016.]]>

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