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Malaysia: The MB For Terengganu Finally Appointed

KUALA TERENGGANU, MALAYSIA: Kijal assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said is the new menteri besar of Terengganu, thus ending two weeks of standoff with the palace after the polls.

Bernama reports Saturday (22 Mar) that the office of the Sultan of Terengganu has announced the appointment of Ahmad, 51, as the menteri besar in a statement to Bernama.

The swearing-in is scheduled to take place at the Istana Tamu at 8am Sunday (23 Mar).

Ahmad, who has been the assemblyman for Kijal since 1990, succeeds the prime minister-backed incumbent Idris Jusoh, who is also the Terengganu Umno Liaison Committee chairman and Jertih assemblyman who was menteri besar for one term, from 2004.

Ahmad, who was Housing and Local Government Committee chairman in the previous state administration, holds a bachelors degree in political science from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

According to Bernama, he has held the post of Terengganu Umno Youth chief and also has been an executive committee member of Umno Youth.

In the March 8 election, Ahmad, who is also a member of the Terengganu Umno laision committee, retained his Kijal seat by defeating PAS' Hazri Jusoh with a 3,157-vote majoirty. He polled 8,169 votes against Hazri's 5,012.

Before entering politics in 1990, Ahmad had been the assistant district officer of Setiu and Kemaman and also had served as the head Pusat Pupuk Semangat Terengganu (an outward bound school).

In the election, the BN won 24 of the 32 state seats at stake in the Terengganu with rest going to PAS.

MySinchew 2008.03.24



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