TUMPAT – The opposition will have no development issues to raise and harp on in Pengkalan Kubor as the state seat has been developing rapidly with projects implemented by the Barisan Nasional (BN)-led federal government.
Acting Tumpat Umno division chief, Datuk Mohd Rosdi Abdul Aziz said people in the area had been enjoying various forms of development, including educational and health facilities.
He said among the benefits enjoyed by the constituents were the setting up of the Mara Junior Science College (MRSM), health clinics and the Pengkalan Kubor duty-free area, building of mosques and an annual allocation of RM200,000 for the Siamese community in the area to learn their mother tongue.
Mohd Rosdi was speaking to reporters after a gathering with fishermen, here, today.
He said if the opposition still wished to play up development issues in the upcoming by-election, it obviously failed to realise that the Kelantan PAS government had done nothing to develop the area since it wrested the state in 1990.
Mohd Rosdi said Geting Beach, among the tourist attractions in Tumpat, was developed with an allocaton from the federal government channelled through the Tourism and Culture Ministry.
“I prefer if they (Kelantan PAS government) could implement development projects that are always awaited by the people, instead of poisoning their minds with negative thoughts,” he said.
The Pengkalan Kubor by-election will be held on Sept 25 and nomination of candidates on Sept 13, following the death of its BN assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar, 57, from liver cancer on Aug 20.
In the 13th general election last year, Noor Zahidi won the seat after defeating Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate Saharun Ibrahim and an Independent, Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, with a 1,736-vote majority. – Bernama