Kijal assemblyman Ahmad Said will be sworn-in as the new Menteri Besar of Terengganu before its Regent, Tengku Muhammad Ismail Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, at Istana Maziah in Kuala Terengganu at 9am tomorrow.
Mohd Yasim also said that all the assemblymen (including from Pas) and heads of government departments had been invited to attend the ceremony.
Ahmad, 51, was to have been sworn in on March 23 but he only received a letter of appointment from the State Regency Advisory Council.
Dispute and controversy surrounded the appointment of the Terengganu Menteri Besar because Jerteh assemblyman Idris Jusoh was re-appointed to the post by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi while Ahmad was the Terengganu Sultan's choice.
The dispute over the appointment heightened with Abdullah declaring that Ahmad's appointment was "unconstitutional" and 22 state assemblymen threatening to resign if Ahmad was sworn in as MB.
The PM brought himself to be pitted against the Sultan who is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Ahmad was also threatened with disciplinary action for "disobeying the party leadership" in accepting the appointment from the Sultan.
Abdullah had also sought an audience with Sultan Mizan. They met but their meeting was hushed-up and went unreported.
And before we knew it, everything was "kow-tim". Ahmad Said, the "unconstitutionally appointed" MB is Menteri Besar, after all.
Here's the report:
He arrived at the airport at about 10am. He was greeted with shouts of “Daulat Tuanku” (long live the king) and some among the crowd donned yellow attire and tied ribbons of the same colour on their vehicles in support of the King.
Tuanku Mizan waved to his subjects while making his way from the airport to Istana Maziah with the Regent of Terengganu.
The huge crowd also caused a bottleneck at the city's major bridge leading to the city centre which was choked with vehicles heading towards the palace.
Among those who gathered to greet the King were the 22 assemblymen who were earlier embroiled in the Terengganu Mentri Besar crisis.
State Umno Liaison committee secretary Datuk Rosol Wahid when met said all 22 Barisan assemblymen will be present at the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Maziah, on Sunday.
“We respect our Ruler and will be at the palace tomorrow,” he said.
Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was not present at the airport and it is learnt that the Jertih assemblyman's home in Kampung Tok Has, Besut, was swarming with thousands of supporters who had been camped there since Friday.
An aide said Idris is still resting at his home and will not make any comments for now.
You think the 22 assemblymen will say sorry?