GALAS: The Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not into making empty promises and has always strived to fulfil what has been pledged to the people, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
The claims by the opposition parties, accusing the BN making empty promises, were therefore baseless, he added.
“Kelantan executive council member Datuk Husam Musa, in (a report by) Harakah, accused me of being a ‘munafik’ (hypocrite) because the promise for a bridge in Manik Urai has not yet been fulfilled.
“I would like to stress that the BN does not make empty promises. We will implement the project.
“At that time when we made the promise, the cost of the bridge was only RM7 million but when we called for a tender, it has increased to RM17 million. Although this is a huge amount, we are capable of implementing it. We have asked the Treasury to make the approval,” he said at the meet-the-people at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina here yesterday.
He said the opposition had also been making similar accusations and raising doubts when he announced the first people’s housing project for Kelantan, costing RM180 million, recently.
“We want to bring development but they want to cast doubts about it; this is ill intention. If one really looks at this, the Kelantan PAS government should be held responsible for not building the bridge in the first place,” he said.
Muhyiddin acknowledged that Kelantan did make some progress but said that most of it was due to the assistance from the federal government.
“I’m aware that in Galas, there is still more to be done but the question is, who is in a better position to fulfil the needs of the people? The PAS government has no money and has to borrow from the federal government,” he said.
He called on the Galas voters to vote wisely come polling day for the constituency’s by-election today.
“We are prepared to bring major changes to Kelantan and a victory for the BN’s candidate today will be a clear sign that Kelantan is ready for such change,” he said.
The by-election, which is called, following the death of incumbent MP Chek Hashim Sulaima on Sept 27, will see a straight fight between BN’s Abdul Aziz Yusoff and PAS’ Dr Zulkefli Mohamed. — Bernama