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Wednesday March 26, 2008

Idris seeks King’s forgiveness

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh wants to seek forgiveness from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who is also the Sultan of Terengganu.

“I want to apologise to the Sultan or anyone who thinks I’ve made mistakes.

In limbo: Idris leaving a Subang hotel with his wife after holding a press conference there. Several Terengganu assemblymen who support Idris as the next Mentri Besar also attended the briefing. — Bernama

“As a Muslim and as a human I can make mistakes and I am always ready to seek forgiveness,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

He, however, said he did not know what his mistakes were.

When asked if he could remember whether he had done anything wrong, he said: “No”.

He also said he had sought Tuanku Mizan’s forgiveness on Feb 23, when he had an audience with the King to hand over the Barisan Nasional’s candidates list for the general election.

Idris said he had tried to seek an audience with the King on March 9 but failed.

He said he would abide by any decision made by Tuanku Mizan or the Prime Minister including stepping aside and allowing Datuk Ahmad Said to take over as Mentri Besar.

“I am open to any decision for the benefit of the people. What is good for the people is good for me.

“The people gave the mandate to Barisan but now they feel uneasy because we have not formed a government yet,” he said.

He added the current situation did not benefit anyone.

Idris, however, stood by his belief that the appointment of Ahmad was unconstitutional.

He said the appointment of the Mentri Besar must be based on the principles of parliamentary democracy and the constitutional monarchy, where the King does not have absolute power.

”The support I have received from grassroots leaders in the state is evident from the 22 assemblymen, who signed two letters – on March 10 and 22 – before handing them to the Prime Minister,” he added.

Idris said there was also another letter dated March 15, which included Ahmad’s signature.

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