KOTA BHARU – The extra-ordinary presence of the Kelantan people at programmes organised by UMNO lately should be translated into votes for Barisan Nasional (BN) at the 14th general election, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday.
He said the people’s mandate was crucial for BN to form a government and rule the state as the coalition was determined to develop Kelantan.
“The Kelantan people not only want development, but also the contents. True that there should be a balance between worldly needs and the hereafter, physically and spiritually, but efforts to develop the people are also important,” he said when speaking at the Leader With The People programme at the Kelantan Poverty Foundation Complex in Melor, here today.
The event drew a crowd of about 20,000 people and among those present were UMNO Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who is also Ketereh Member of Parliament, Kelantan UMNO Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and his deputy, Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub.
Ahmad Zahid said the BN federal government always gave priority to the well-being of the Kelantan people, although the state was under opposition rule.
“The federal government allocates RM12.7 billion under the 11th Malaysia Plan for Kelantan’s development,” he said.
He said the federal government also gave priority to development of the various sectors in Kelantan, such as education, religion, security and social-economy.