Breaking News: Losing Control...


Written on 3/22/2008 08:37:00 pm by sikapitan

After the debacle in Perlis, Pak Lah was dealt another blow when the office of Sultan of Terengganu released a statement appointing Ahmad Said, the ADUN of Kijal, as the next Menteri Besar. This is despite the fact that Pak Lah and the other 22 state assembly representatives in Terengganu supports Idris Jusoh to continue as the Menteri Besar.

Unlike Perlis, where the issue was Pak Lah had no inkling that Shahidan has lost the support of the elected assemblymen, the situation in Terengganu is really a battle between the Palace and Pak Lah. Although press reports suggest that Idris’s fall out with the Palace is due to the Batu Burok riot and his “cockiness”, alternative sources have suggested that this is due to Idris’s reluctance to comply with certain “demands” from the Palace. However, this remains a rumour unsubstantiated.

However, in terms of current UMNO leadership, this situation shows how embarrassingly weak the government’s position is in even executing its plans. Understandably, Pak Lah would like to see Idris continuing the rapid development in Terengganu, especially after he successfully led Terengganu UMNO in GE 12.

The Palace has the prerogative to appoint a Menteri Besar. But it would be a comical situation when the House is in session and all 22 ADUNs of Barisan passed a vote of no confidence against Ahmad Said, again depriving Terengganu of the leadership it desperately needs to hold the tide against the Opposition.

Part of being a leader is the ability to be steadfast and strong yet speak with a soft, persuasive voice in pushing forth your agenda. There’s a soft voice, but is it persuasive enough? Go figure...

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