Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ahmad may face disciplinary action

PUTRAJAYA: Kijal Assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said may be slapped with disciplinary action if he accepts the post of Terengganu Menteri Besar.

He could receive a warning, a suspension or even be sacked.

Ahmad is scheduled to be sworn in today at Istana Tamu.Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Ahmad had to abide by the decision of the party president that former menteri besar, Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, be re-appointed.

Ahmad was also warned to put the interests of the party above his own or prepare to face the disciplinary board.

"The party president has already given the appointment letter to Idris to be the MB, so why do others have to lobby?"He (Ahmad) has to abide by the party president's decision. As a party member, he should be aware of what he may be in for if he goes ahead with it."Tengku Adnan said this when asked to comment on the announcement by the Terengganu palace that Ahmad had been appointed to the post.

Tengku Adnan reminded Ahmad that as Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had already issued Idris the letter of appointment as MB. He (Ahmad) would be going against the president's directive if he were to be sworn in."

It does not matter what the outcome is, but once a decision is made, it must be followed by all members." Meanwhile, constitutional law expert Prof Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi said it was possible that the new menteri besar might face a vote of no confidence when the state as sembly was called to session.

Lawfully, the menteri besar does not have to call the state assembly to session for at least 90 days after the date of its dissolution to pave the way for the general election.

In this case, the state assembly was dissolved on Feb 13. Therefore, the menteri besar does not have to face the assemblymen until May 13 at the earliest. "What we have now is a right royal constitutional crisis," Shad said.

He added that until the situation was resolved, Idris could continue to play the role of the state government's caretaker leader.


seals: If UMNO can appoint even before the Sultan appoints, where is the jurisdiction? Or is it a double standard when it comes to PERAK?

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