KOTA BHARU – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Barisan Nasional-led federal government could work together with the Kelantan government led by PAS in matters pertaining to people’s well-being.
The Prime Minister said, as such, leaders of different political parties should put aside their narrow-minded ideology of partisan politics as it would not benefit any quarters.
“Thank you, even though we are different in ideology, we can work together for the sake of the people’s interest.
“This is the spirit that (we) should possess, not the narrow-minded and extremism ideology in politics…we must put the people first,” he said after
launching the Kelantan Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Jalan Hamzah here today.
Also present were Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, his deputy Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
Najib said such a collaboration must be maintained as shown before this, for instance, in the Food Flotilla For Myanmar humanitarian mission, the Private
Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355 (RUU355) gathering as well as during floods.
“This is not the day for us to engage in politics but the day we collaborate…Today, we collaborate just like how we did in the Food Flotilla
For Myanmar, during floods, the RUU355 (gathering) and so on. This is the best…So, if there is a stage, don’t share it with others,” he said.
Najib, in a cynical tone, said there was a prime minister before this who often marginalised Kelantan when he was at the helm just because the state is being led by PAS.
“I am not like my predecessor(s), cut down allocations for Kelantan (just) because of politics or not liking (PAS). In fact, I topped up allocations for Kelantan (under my administration),” he said.
He said under the Eight Malaysia Plan (8MP), a total of over RM3 billion were allocated to the state while in the 11MP, some RM12.11 billion had been allocated, namely a four-fold increase.
Meanwhile, Najib also announced the new terminal for the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project, from Wakaf Bharu to Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat.
However, he did not divulge the details on the cost of construction and its additional routes.
Commenting on the UTC, the Prime Minister said the Kelantan UTC was now the 18th project of such an integrated complex since it was introduced by the government in 2012.
Najib said the Kelantan UTC, involving an allocation of RM37.8 million for its construction, housed 27 government agencies under one roof with operating hours from 8.30am to 10pm daily.
“This makes UTC the first government services in the world that operates on a daily basis, serving 41.7 million people nationwide since its inception,” he added. – BERNAMA