KUALA TERENGGANU – “Datuk Seri Ahmad Said is like a brother to me, I have always defended him. Whatever happens to him, I am the one who will fight till the end to defend him.
“No matter what he has done to me, in my heart, I still consider him my brother.
“On what he did, I always forgive him,” said Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman on his feelings towards his predecessor Datuk Seri Ahmad Said in an exclusive interview with Bernama here yesterday.
Ahmad Razif was commenting on the motion of no-confidence tabled by Ahmad against him during the state assembly sitting on March 8, which later was rejected by speaker Datuk Mohd Zubir Embong as it was made without notice and violated the Standing Orders.
While holding back his tears, Ahmad Razif said because of the brotherhood, he had continued Ahmad’s legacy and even added to the existing allocations in various state government projects.
“He asked me to continue his legacy, that was why I proceeded with the additional allocation of RM331 million in Kenyir. I also promised him to continue to finance the zoo in Kemaman with RM5 million per year and allocated RM15 million to build an iconic bridge in Kijal,” he said.
Ahmad Razif, who succeeded Ahmad as the menteri besar on May 23, 2014, said he would also carry out the bowling centre project in Kijal at a cost of RM30 million, a road project in Awana Kijal (RM200 million) and housing projects in Sri Bandi, Kemaman.
“I will continue with the projects despite what happened because that was my promise to him.
“To the people of Kijal, do not worry, despite the prevailing situation, not even one project will be discontinued but more may be added,” he said.
He also stressed that he did not hold any grudges against Ahmad.
“I have never held a grudge against him and that is why I have supported what he had done before. I will continue to support.
“During his hard times, I helped (because) as a brother I need to help him,” he said.
However, Ahmad Razif hoped that he would not be interrupted with things that would only disadvantage many parties.
“Give me the opportunity to implement the projects…if I am harassed in various ways in the current political atmosphere, I cannot carry out my projects.
In another development, Ahmad Razif said he was glad to see that the New Terengganu Transformation Programme (TTB) had been increasingly accepted by the people of Terengganu.
“Give me two more years. .God willing, I believe that all of the programmes that I have mooted will be realised by 2020,” he said.