KUALA TERENGGANU: The Umno supreme council’s decision not to sack Kijal assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said from the party is right, said Terengganu executive councillor Ghazali Taib (pix).
He said this was because the Prime Minister, his deputy and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein were seasoned politicians who know what was good for Terengganu.
Ghazali, who is Ajil assemblyman and the state Communications and Multimedia and Special Task committee chairman, said lately, the Terengganu people and the majority of the assemblymen were not happy with the anxiety they were facing.
He said this anxiety was caused due to the confusion and unstable political scenario in the state.
"I can't speak much of why this is happening. This can only be accurately answered by the MB. But right now, I am concerned and saddened with what the people of Terengganu is going through.
"We are seeing members in Umno being divided due to certain decisions and statements made, and having such a fragile state government with only a two-seat majority, BN 17, PAS 14 and PKR 1," he said.
Ghazali said Umno could not afford to be divided with the sacking of an assemblyman.
"We have to put our differences aside, whether we like it or not, and unite all members and assemblymen.
"We have to make the party a place where all members are united and not a place to intimidate people by sacking them," Ghazali said at a press conference here on Tuesday.
He added that the party leadership should think of ways to solve Umno's internal problems instead of finding the easy way out by sacking its assemblyman.
"We have to think the root cause of the ‘infection’ or ‘disease’ and 'treat' it so that it does not crop up again. Removing it will not solve the issue," Ghazali said.
"Having to punish someone is simple but we should also look at the implications, results and the effects of our decision.
"It's better to look at ways to solve any issues and misunderstandings. This will ensure unity. We should not only follow or be a slave to our emotions and make decisions without thinking.
"We know when we do that, most of the decisions turn out to be bad or wrong ones," he said.
Ghazali also warned Terengganu Mentri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman to be more careful on who were his advisers and ascertain if they have any personal agendas.
"If they have special interest, then such people are not going to advise based on the good of the party," he said.
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