Its reported by Deputy Chairman of the Terengganu UMNO State Liason Committee, Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang that all the UMNO divisional Chiefs except Besut are in full support for Kijal State Assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said as their new Menteri Besar of Terengganu. It was noted that Besut divison is headed by Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
Since almost all the divisions are in agreement with the Palace appointment, it would be rightful for the Prime Minister and UMNO President, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his UMNO leadership to abide by the wishes of the grassroot members of UMNO in Terengganu.
UMNO Terengganu has 8 divisions namely Kemaman, Dungun, Marang, Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus, Setiu, Hulu Terengganu and Besut.
Among those who are in agreement with Datuk Ahmad Said's appointment are Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang from Hulu Terengganu, Datuk Ahmad Said (himself) from Kemaman, Datuk Dr. Rosli Mat Hassan from Dungun, Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar from Marang, Datuk Mohd. Nasir Ibrahim Fikri from Kuala Nerus and Datuk Mohd. Jidin Shafee from Setiu while it is learned that Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh from Kuala Terengganu who is unable to be contacted, has expressed his agreement on the above appointment.Various UMNO divisional chiefs outside Terengganu have also expressed disappointment with the UMNO leadership with regards to this appointment crisis and had expressed that UMNO should respect the wishes of the Palace and should have held prior discussions on these matters.
Its seems that UMNO is at this moment a 'laughing stock' with the rakyat and this clearly signals that the Barisan Nasional government headed by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is too weak to demand any authority.