PUTRAJAYA, May 15 – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin expressed relieve that the political impasse in Terengganu had been resolved quickly. “There might have been a slight misunderstanding but what is important is that the crisis has been resolved quickly instead of allowing it to prolong,” he told reporters at the pre-launch of the Malaysian Pavilion For The Expo Milano 2015 in Italy, here Thursday. The Terengganu crisis started when former Terengganu menteri besar and Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib and Bukit Besi assemblyman Roslee Daud announced on May 13 that they had left Umno and become independent assemblymen.

This followed the resignation of Ahmad as the menteri besar on May 12 and the swearing-in of Seberang Takir assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman as the new menteri besar that night. The resignations have left the Terengganu legislative assembly with 14 representatives from the BN, 14 from PAS, one from PKR and three independents. The change of menteri besar in Terengganu was not a spur-of-the-moment decision as Ahmad pledged to step down as the menteri besar one year after his reappointment in May last year so as to enable the new menteri besar to strengthen the Barisan Nasional (BN) in Terengganu where the coalition had only secured 17 of the 32 seats in the legislative assembly.

Ahmad had reached a gentleman’s agreement to step down, but seems to have gone back on his word and is holding the government to ransom. However, all three state assemblymen returned to Umno after a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Wednesday. Muhyiddin said what happened must be erased from the memory because the most important outcome was that BN remained strong and united to continue administering the state. “Thank God all the state assemblymen had reunited. Now what is important is to carry out the tasks and responsibilities to ensure Terengganu continued to develop as an important component of the country.

We hope political leaders and peoples’ representatives like division heads, women leaders, youth and puteri leaders remain strong and united to shoulder the responsibilities and move forward,” he said. Muhyiddin said with the impasse resolved, the new Menteri Besar would be able to take over the administration and carry out his duties smoothly for the benefit of the people in the state.

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