PETALING JAYA: The political crisis playing out now in Terengganu is not unique. There have been similar situations where defections and backroom negotiations had caused sitting governments with a narrow majority to topple.
In 1959, in the first general election after independence, the Pan Malayan Islamic Party (better known now as PAS) won 13 of 24 state seats in Terengganu.
It was a brief tenure as, in October 1961, two party members and three others from Parti Negara defected to Umno.
Following a no-confidence motion against the ruling party, the tripartite Alliance of Umno, MCA and MIC took over the reins.The Star Online Highlights