KUALA TERENGGANU — March 8, 2016: Terengganu State Assembly speaker Datuk Mohd. Zubir Embong today rejected a no-confidence motion against the mentri besar.
According to Datuk Mohd. Zubir Embong, the motion moved by Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said against Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman was moved without giving notice and did not follow the standing orders.
“After studying the Standing Orders, I find that Clause 33 must be referred together with Clause 45 which states that in whatever situation, the permission of the speaker must be obtained (to move a motion) even though without notice.
“I find this motion does not have any element of urgency or is that important that it must be debated without delay.
“As such and in view of the motion not relating to the administration of the state or the mentri besar himself but the validity of the state government itself, I find it is not contained in Clause 33. So I am rejecting it,” said Zubir.
During debate on the motion of thanks for the Royal address, Ahmad initially had spoken about housing and the Bertam oilfield.
But minutes into his debate, Ahmad, who is Razif’s predecessor, dropped a bombshell by moving the motion.
Ahmad, who was dropped as MB midway into his second term, claimed that there was a conspiracy to tarnish his image as a politician.
He also raised the issue of the oilfield located near Geliga, Kemaman, which was announced as being in Pahang waters but which he claimed to be in Terengganu.
Ahmad further claimed that under the administration of Razif, house prices in the state skyrocketed compared to time when he was MB.
He also complained about the East Coast Highway 2 (LPT2) tolled highway, saying the state government had to pay RM950 million for it when in other states, the cost (for tolled highways) was borne by the private sector or fully by the federal government.
The speaker then asked to be give some time to study the motion.
The session was then postponed by two hours and at 3pm, the speaker announced his decision.
This led to an uproar in the house, with opposition members and also Ahmad disputing the decision which caused the speaker to adjourn the sitting to tomorrow. — Bernama