Terengganu crisis is over

Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

KEMAMAN - The political crisis in Terengganu is over. Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said is back in Umno along with the two Barisan Nasional assemblymen who left the party with him.

Confirming his return to the fold at a press conference at his private residence in Kijal yesterday, Ahmad pledged his full support for his successor as Mentri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

The Kijal assemblyman earlier expressed support for Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at their meeting in Putrajaya after a "misunderstanding" had been cleared up.

Ahmad said the misunderstanding was over the date of his daughter's wedding.

"He thought that the wedding had already passed but actually it (the reception) is this coming weekend.

"It was a personal matter, but to me it was a matter of pride, so I decided to quit the party," he added.

The wedding took place on May 10 in Kuala Terengganu to accommodate the Terengganu Sultan, but the reception on the bride's side will be held on May 17 in Kijal. The groom's family will hold their reception on May 31 in Kuala Lumpur.

Ahmad said: "Datuk Seri Najib apologised for the misunderstanding and I in turn apologised for my actions.

"I have been with Umno for 18 years and I decided to withdraw my resignation as an Umno assemblyman.

"The case is over and I am back with the party I love."

Asked to comment on some people branding him a traitor for leaving Umno, Ahmad said that he would have joined PAS if he was a traitor.

He claimed that there had been an offer from PAS for him to make the jump, but he refused to even meet the party's representatives.

Ahmad stressed that he bore no ill will against his successor.

"It is simple. I will take care of my constituency and I will work hard to ensure the party's survival," he said.

While reporters waited for hours for the 5pm press conference, it merely lasted 20 minutes.

However, Ahmad, who seemed relaxed and in a jovial mood, answered all questions frankly and without hesitation.

With the return of Ahmad and the other two assemblymen, Roslee Daud of Bukit Besi and Ghazali Taib of Ajil, Barisan maintains its original strength of 17 representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (not counting the Speaker). The opposition has 15.