KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu Ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has consented to restore the state award to Mentri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman (pic).
The award carries the title “Datuk Seri”.
This was announced in a statement issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Office of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Terengganu to Bernama yesterday.
The statement said that after consulting with the State Regency Council, it was informed that the Sultan of Terengganu had consented to confer the state award Darjah Seri Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Terengganu on Ahmad Razif effective yesterday.
Sultan Mizan had stripped Ahmad Razif of the title on April 22.
Ahmad Razif was conferred the title Datuk Paduka Mahkota Terengganu Kehormat, which carries the title Datuk in 2012 and the Seri Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, which carries the title Datuk Seri, in April 2015.
Ahmad Razif, who is also the state assemblyman for Seberang Takir, took his oath of office as the mentri besar replacing Datuk Seri Ahmad Said on May 12, 2014.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had an audience with the Sultan during a visit to the state in May this year.
During a press conference in Kuala Lumpur later, Najib said the Terengganu leadership issue had been resolved following his audience with Sultan Mizan.
The Prime Minister said that Ahmad Razif would continue to carry out his responsibilities as usual.
He said the question about the reinstatement of Ahmad Razif’s titles was the Sultan’s prerogative and he did not want to comment on the issue.
“What was discussed, how long, where, those are questions between Tuanku and me,” Najib said.
With that, the Prime Minister said he hoped that there would be no more questions raised and speculation about Ahmad Razif’s position.
He added the Government’s attention should now be to continue the smooth running of the state to ensure development and the welfare of the people.