Najib orders BN assemblymen to attend Terengganu assembly

(NST) – Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered Barisan Nasional state assemblymen not to stay away from the Terengganu state assembly sitting tomorrow. Ten BN assemblymen did not attend the session on Monday and had lodged police reports, claiming threats received through the short messaging service (SMS).

They also claimed they received the SMSes from an individual they found to be someone they knew after checking the telephone number from the state government's official diary.

The Prime Minister and BN chairman said the SMSes did not originate from the menteri besar's office.

"They received the SMSes but it did not originate from the MB's Office. Therefore, there is no validity of the SMSes. I want all of them to attend the sitting as usual."

Earlier, Najib launched the work capital guarantee and industry restructuring guarantee schemes at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

He had asked Terengganu menteri besar Datuk Ahmad Said about the SMSes and the latter said it did not originate from his office.

On the allegation that the assemblymen wanted Ahmad to step down, Najid dismissed such demands.

"There is no attempt, whatsoever. They have denied any attempt to force him out."

The situation in the state, Najib said, was not something unusual. "We can manage it," said Najib, who is also finance minister.