Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said reading an SMS shown by his political secretary Wan Ahmad Nizan Abdul Hamid at the state legislature yesterday.
KUALA TERENGGANU (The New Straits Times): For a captain whose boat is being rocked, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said was his usual composed and smiling self when he faced the press yesterday.
The press met him twice, once at the lunch break and when he was leaving the state assembly sitting, but on both occasions he refused to open up.
In the first encounter, Ahmad said he had no idea why 10 BN assemblymen failed to turn up at the assembly.
Much to reporters’ surprise, he said he did not know that three of them had lodged police reports yesterday after receiving death threats by SMS.
“I just got back from Kemaman. I do not know anything about the SMS and also why they did not attend.”
However, Ahmad said he was not surprised as it was normal for politicians to absent themselves at times.
Asked if he would contact them for an explanation, he replied: “I don’t think so.”
The menteri besar, who is state Umno liaison chief, said he would not persuade them to attend the final day of the sitting today.
On claims by the three assemblymen that one of his senior officials had allegedly sent the SMS, he declined to comment, saying that the matter was a police case.
When stopped by reporters as he was about to leave in the afternoon, he said he had no idea that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wanted to meet him to clear the air.