KEMAMAN, Malaysia - The wedding reception of former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said's daughter appeared to have brought the brief but tumultuous Terengganu political saga to a positive end with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak attending as the guest of honour.
Najib managed to squeeze in some time out of his busy schedule to attend the wedding reception at the former MB's residence in Teluk Kalong here yesterday.
Najib, who had earlier attended two events in his home town Pekan, Pahang, spent more than an hour at the reception before rushing off to catch his flight to the United Arab Emirates for an official visit.
The Prime Minister's attendance was seen as a show of reconciliation between him and Ahmad. Both of them were seen smiling throughout the reception, attended by about 10,000 guests.
Last week, the state was placed in political limbo when Ahmad and two other assemblymen quit Umno, effectively rendering the Barisan Nasional a minority government in the state.
Ahmad was said to be upset that Najib did not allow his removal as mentri besar to be postponed after the wedding reception.
However, all three retracted their resignations 36 hours later after a meeting with Najib.
Among the guests at the reception were Malacca Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Ahmad's predecessor, Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and new Mentri Besar Datuk Razif Abdul Rahman.
Ahmad was in a jovial mood throughout the event as he welcomed guests and entertained requests for photographs.
Ahmad's second daughter, Nor Ashahirah, tied the knot with Mohd Syahirpaul Redzuan Musa on April 9 at Seri Iman, the MB's official residence in Kuala Terengganu.
A reception was held at the Islamic Civilisation Park in Kuala Terengganu a day later, which was attended by Terengganu ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.