In the Malaysian state of Sarawak, the refusal of the Chief Minister to resign has caused a political crisis.
In the Malaysian state of Sarawak, the refusal of the Chief Minister to resign has caused a political crisis. A delegation of ministers from the Central Government in Kuala Lumpur made a flying visit-and immediately dismissed him and appointed a successor. Now the crisis has deepened. The ruling coalition has split, leaving the government with only a tiny working majority.
The crisis has been simmering for about a year. It came to a head recently when the Central Minister for Sarawak Affairs, Temmengong Jugah (a member of the delegation) and others said they had lost confidence in Dato Ningkan. Then the Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, accused the eastern state's leader of failing to discharge his duties as a credit to the Sarawak Government. He demanded his resignation. The Dato refused - and in the end had to be sacked.
As the Kuala Lumpur delegation arrived, the Dato went to see the Governor to explain why he had refused to resign. Now he has split the coalition and taken his party into opposition.
As he left the governor's residence, the Kuala Lumpur delegation arrived to submit the name of Penghulu Tawi Sli as the Dato's successor. The new Chief Minister is a 54-year-old retired civil servant and a prominent member of one of the parties left in the coalition.