Monday, April 20, 2009

Terengganu : It's monsoon season...

Monsoon season is normally over by Chap Goh Mei, the last day of Lunar New Year. For those living by the seashores of South East Asia, that will be the day to avoid the rough seas. Common beliefs say that the sea gods are angry during the time and will need human sacrifice...

That, my friends, is the myth making its rounds every time poor souls lost their lives in the choppy waters off Terengganu shores. Now, another sacrifice of sorts is needed in Terengganu, not for the sea gods but for political stability.

It started with a whisper here, whisper there. Then it propagate into silent hush hush amongst friends, later it evolve into backroom talks in family gatherings before emerging as the worst kept public secret.

Anticipating that a vote of no confidence will be tabled during the state assembly seating to oust him, Ahmad Said has warned his BN colleagues that strict action will be taken against those who support the motion. 10 BN state reps did not turn up on the second day of state assembly seating. Their reason? 3 of them received live threathening sms threats and subsequently file police reports.

The funny side of the story is the 10, were found holed up in a hotel in Kuala Terengganu. Normally, a person under threat will look for secluded place to hide but no, not in Kuala Terengganu.

Step in, 1 Malaysia PM, Najib Tun Razak. The PM instructed the 10 to attend the final day of teh assembly meeting. And yes, like cows pulled by their horns, all the 10 attended the assembly meeting.

Fast forward few days. After separate meeting with Najib, Muuhyiddin, Idris Jusoh and Ahmad Said, the 10 came out with guns blazing accussing Ahmad Said of sidestepping them in their constituencies. To spice things up, the 10 played up issues of mass TCS (Terengganu Civil Servants) transfers, all 67 of them, untimely sacking and termination et al. These are one of the issues that brings Idris Jusoh down. It is a replay of sorts.

How close is Ahmad Said in losing his job? Well, for one, he cancelled his working trip to Russia and Ukraine where he is supposed to lead the trip today.

Adding more pressure, the 10 state reps has receive support from another 8 of their colleagues, making 18 state reps going against Ahmad's 6 supporters. Another 8 state reps are from opposition party, PAS. If this trend continues, Ahmad Said will see himself out of the MB's office doors.

The first UMNO supreme council meeting schedued on 24th April 2009 will be Ahmad's make or break. If, by chance, Najib choose other than Ahmad as Terengganu UMNO state chief, it will be all over for Ahmad. As it stands, there is high possibility that Ahmad will be forced down soon. And when that happens, it's not Idris nor Rosol who will helm the state.

Rumours has it that the person earmarked by Najib to be the next Terengganu MB is a greenhorn, friendly to Najib. Maybe that greenhorn will kow tow gratefully to Najib and more than willing to surrender the expected RM 600 million plus royalty money.

When that happens, penyu menangis lagi di Terengganu...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...

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