Malaysia

BN no longer majority in Terengganu after third state rep quits Umno

Barisan Nasional no longer holds the majority of the seats in the Terengganu state assembly, after another of its assemblymen quit Umno to become independent, reports say.

Bukit Besi assemblyman Roslee Daud has left Umno this morning, joining former menteri besar and Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said (pic) and Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib to become independents in the Terengganu assembly.

The New Straits Times confirmed Roslee’s decision to turn independent, while PAS's Batu Buruk assemblyman Dr Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi told The Malaysian Insider that he had seen Roslee’s resignation letter.

The move leaves BN with 14 seats in the assembly, against Pakatan Rakyat's 15 in the 32-seat assembly.

PAS Terengganu Deputy Commissioner Yahaya Ali acknowledged that the easy way out for the party was to cooperate with the former Umno state assemblymen, in a move similar to what BN did in Perak during the 2008 Perak constitutional crisis.

 “The best option is to evaluate this through a vote of no confidence in the Terengganu assembly. If BN does not obtain enough support, then the state government can change hands. Or we could hold another election,” Yahaya told The Malaysian Insider.

The crisis in Terengganu was triggered after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak authorised Ahmad’s resignation letter, which he signed before his reappointment as menteri besar for a second term.

Najib was said to have refused to budge from authorising the letter, despite Ahmad’s pleas that his removal to only take place after his child’s wedding on May 17.

Ahmad signed the resignation letter which stipulated he must step down a year after he was reappointed Terengganu menteri besar following the 13th general election last year.

The letter was to pacify Umno members reluctant to reappoint Ahmad as menteri besar. The party agreed that Ahmad be allowed to serve as menteri besar for another year.

Late yesterday, Ahmad and Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib turned independent. – May 13, 2014

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