There’s no need for exco reshuffle, says new MB
KUALA TERENGGANU: There will be no reshuffle of the state executive council members by the newly appointed Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, whose main goal now is to resume Terengganu’s smooth running.
“I don’t feel that there is a need to make major changes, especially with the current state exco line-up. I am aware of the current situation in the state, so making drastic changes will not benefit anyone,” he said at his first press conference since he was appointed to the post.
Despite Terengganu almost being thrown into turmoil by a series of resignations from several assemblymen – all of which have since been retracted – Ahmad Razif began at the helm of the state at Wisma Darul Iman here yesterday without a hitch.
The Seberang Takir assemblyman clocked in at 7.45am on the sixth floor of Wisma Darul Iman, which houses the state government’s headquarters.
However, Ahmad Razif will continue using his former exco room before eventually moving into the Mentri Besar’s office.
“I look forward to serving the people. There is no point in delaying taking over as Mentri Besar officially because I am ready to serve,” he said.
Dismissing the possibility of further turmoil within Umno and Barisan Nasional in Terengganu, he said he hoped “to work with all quarters”.
He also maintained that all the three state assemblymen, including former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, were still Umno members.
“The State Assembly Speaker has not received any official letter (of resignation). I feel that there is no crisis within the party. It’s just a matter of perception,” he said.
Asked about PAS’ call to dissolve the state assembly, Ahmad Razif said this had always been its strategy, adding that he had also ruled out discussing such a possibility with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“The situation in the state is stable. Barisan will hold on to its position,” he said.
Later in Putrajaya, Ahmad Razif told reporters that he wanted to “leave this episode behind and get to work immediately”.
“There is no point for us to continue talking about it but let’s look forward and move on,” he said after meeting Najib.
Paying tribute to his predecessor “for the platform to continue their work”, Ahmad Razif vowed to continue in “whatever we do that is going to benefit the people and only further improve where necessary”.
It is understood that Najib had given Ahmad Razif the task of regaining Umno and Barisan’s strength in the state.