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Published: Tuesday May 13, 2014 MYT 1:53:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday May 13, 2014 MYT 6:56:53 PM

Terengganu crisis: Speaker denies state assembly dissolved

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government has denied that the state assembly has been dissolved.

State assembly Speaker Mohd Zubir Embong, who called such rumours malicious, said any decision to dissolve the assembly must have the consent of the Sultan.

"We have not received such consent," he said when contacted on Tuesday.

He also appealed to all parties to stop spreading unverified information.

"This is a sensitive time, thus I hope all can remain calm," he said.

He was commenting on a text message circulating that the state assembly was dissolved Tuesday.

The SMS was allegedly issued by the state's communication unit.

The Barisan Nasional state government lost its majority Tuesday when three Umno representatives quit the party to become independent assemblymen.

The resignations left the assembly with 14 Barisan Nasional reps and 15 from Pakatan Rakyat.

However, state legal advisor Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid has claimed that the state assembly Speaker was counted as a representative of the ruling state government, giving an equation of 15:15:3.

The three who turned independent were Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who had resigned as Mentri Besar on Monday, Ghazali Taib (Ajil) and Roslee Daud (Bukit Besi).

Seberang Takir assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, 49, was sworn in Monday night as the new Menteri Besar.

Tags / Keywords: Politics, Government, Terengganu state assembly, Mentri Besar, Ahmad Said, Barisan Nasional, Umno

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