Friendly mood at swearing-in in Terengganu


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Apr 2004

BY K. SUTHAKAR

KUALA TERENGGANU: Twenty-eight Barisan Nasional assemblymen and four of their PAS counterparts were sworn in before newly appointed Speaker Datuk Che Mat Jusoh at the state assembly yesterday. 

Immediately after the ceremony, Mentri Besar Datuk Idris Jusoh walked across the floor to congratulate former mentri besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who retained the Rhu Rendang state seat. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Idris Jusoh (right) having a friendly chat with former MB Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang after the swearing-in ceremony.

Idris, who later had coffee with Abdul Hadi, enquired about his health.  

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar was seen joining in their conversation. 

Abdul Rahman defeated Abdul Hadi in the Marang parliamentary constituency in the general election. 

Idris said the presence of PAS assemblymen showed they accepted the outcome of the elections.  

Idris, who hoped that proceedings in legislative assembly would run smoothly and peacefully, said there was a “friendly atmosphere” throughout the ceremony. 

“Although Barisan and the opposition have differing views, bills can be debated and passed without any quarrels,” he said. 

Abdul Hadi said the party recognised the election results in the four state seats but rejected the results elsewhere. 

Apart from Rhu Rendang, the other state seats won by PAS in the elections were Manir, Batu Burok and Wakaf Mempelam. 

Abdul Hadi said the party was not seeking outside help to declare the elections null and void. 

“We just want to inform people abroad about the irregularities as we do not have a third party to monitor the polls, like what is being done in other countries,” he added.  

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