PUTRAJAYA, May 14 -Newly appointed Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said there was no undue haste in making him the menteri besar, instead he was appointed in accordance with the procedures.
“The appointment was made in accordance with the process agreed to by the prime minister and received the consent of the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin,” Ahmad Razif told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here today.
Ahmad Razif, 49, who was sworn in as menteri besar on Monday, was accompanied by 13 Terengganu assemblymen and State Assembly speaker Mohd Zubir Embong to the meeting.
Terengganu was thrown into a political quagmire after Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who resigned as menteri besar, quit Umno after his successor, Ahmad Razif, who is also Seberang Takir assemblyman, took the oath of office.
Ahmad Said’s decision prompted two more Umno assemblymen, namely Ghazali Taib (Ajil) and Roslee Daud (Bukit Besi), to follow suit.
The trio declared themselves Independents, but Roslee eventually retracted his resignation letter yesterday to avert a crisis to enable the status quo to remain.
Roslee, who came back to the fold in less that 24 hours, was among Terengganu assemblymen present at the meeting with Najib. Ahmad Razif said there would be no reshuffle in the state executive council line-up or replacement of the speaker.
He declined comment on the meeting with the prime minister.Present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.