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Datuk Seri Ahmad Said

I was’t favour in a state election, says Ahmad

In a twist of events, Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said said that he wasn’t in favour of a state election.

He said all he wanted was for Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, whom he alleged to have been a big letdown, to resign with immediate effect from his position.

“I am a cool man and had been patient for two years. But the things that are happening are too much. It has started to affect the people and innocent leaders.

“The damage has been done and Ahmad Razif has awakened the sleeping tiger. Now he has to go. I don’t want a state election but all I want is that he be replaced by others,” the former menteri besar told The Star on Saturday.

Ahmad Said said that things would have been different if the Menteri Besar had at least sought his advice especially on appointments and sacking of Umno men in Kijal and Kemaman.

“The reason for the sacking was that those people who head certain government-linked companies were close to me. Why victimise them?” he asked.

Ahmad said the best thing for Ahmad Razif to do was to resign because if there was a state election, Barisan Nasional and Umno will not be able to form a government.

Meanwhile a street poll showed that majority of those polled were against a state election.

Nor Sakinah Mohd Kadir, 22, said there was no need for a snap election, saying that there had been too many mentris besar within a few years.

“This has dampened or put a stop to policies or even development projects. Before anything can be done, we hear the Mentri Besar will be changed or there were efforts to change the Mentri Besar,” said the Chemical Engineering (diploma) graduate.

A 35-year-old computer technician from Dungun, Mohd Asmadi Khalid said it was not the right time for Umno and Barisan Nasional to walk into an election now for they might be defeated.

“What we need is for the politicians to solve this issue and not drag the people into it,” he said, adding that if there was a change of government many contractors who relied on state projects would have to close shop.

Wong Pot Chuan, 31, a technician from Paka, said a state election would not solve any issue.

“Its best to let the current Mentri Besar finish his term and let the people decide in the next general election,” she said.

Meanwhile, Bukit Besi assemblyman Roslee Daud, believed to be an ally of Ahmad Said, said it was important to have a united front and harmony within the Terenggaanu state leadership.

He denied that he was working with Ahmad Said to topple Ahmad Razif as the Terengganu mentri besar.

“This is a lie and I have to deny this. It is my responsibility given by the rakyat to support the government and ensure that they are protected,” he said when met at the Hari Raya gathering for Anak Terengganu in Putrajaya yesterday.

He was seen sharing the stage with Ahmad Razif and other senior state leaders at the function.

At the last state assembly sitting, Ahmad Said tried but failed to table a no-confidence motion against Ahmad Razif.

Ahmad Said lost the confidence of the Umno leadership after Terengganu almost fell in the 2013 general election.

When the Prime Minister replaced him in May 2014, Ahmad Said and two other assemblymen resigned from Umno and almost brought down the Barisan government.

But the trio, who included Ajil assemblyman Ghazali Taib and Roslee, were persuaded to retract their resignations.