The Menteri Besar Terengganu, Dato Ahmad Said is reported to have said that 'he has yet to receive an official word from the PM regarding the 5% petroleum royalty for the state, which is schedule this September'. He went further to say that 'he pledge that should the state not receive the 5% royalty, he will bring the case to court and defend it'.
Such statements from a Menteri Besar of a ruling BN state government, is seen as a direct challenge to the PM to fulfill his promises. What is even more revealing is that the statements were reported to have been made in the presence of PAS party members.
While many would see the action of Dato Ahmad, as likened to be in contravention to party norms, practices, solidarity and loyalty to the federal government, I would acknowledge his action as being for the care and interest of the people of Terengganu. Surely, his action will cause ripples in the UMNO leadership, where one is only expected to say 'saya sokong' to anything that the PM utters. We will now have to wait to see how the UMNO leadership will react to Dato Ahmad's statements.
I believe, Dato Ahmad must have valid and sincere reasons for 'blasting' the way he did. And we all ought to remember that he wasn't the PM's choice for the Menteri Besar's post, but it was the palace intervention that placed him there. He therefore is in a much stronger position in the state, than to worry himself about what the PM has to say of him.
Terengganu with all its wealth, deserves better treatment from the federal government now. Idris Jusoh ways of 'kow towing' to the PM is no longer acceptable to the people of Terengganu.