PAS: “Unity govt sensationalising Kelantan’s water woes to attack state ahead of polls”

PAS Kelantan has accused the unity government of using the east coast state’s never-ending water woes to attack Kelantan ahead of this weekend’s state polls on Aug 12.

Kelantan caretaker deputy menteri besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah claimed that the water supply issue is not something of significance and that the matter had merely been sensationalised by certain individuals who only see it from a negative perspective.

According to the PAS vice president, it is human nature to criticise, even though the state government has made multiple efforts to resolve Kelantan’s decades-long water issues.

“Those who criticise this are purposely looking for only negative things to criticise; they tend to ignore more positive issues. As such, the water problem is more of a political attack than an actual issue.

“Criticising has become human nature and no matter what people do, people will criticise. So, our approach is simple, do what is best for the community,” Mohd Amar said at a press conference at PAS Kelantan office today (Aug 8).

Mohd Amar went on to say that while the state government has always acknowledged and never denied the state’s water issues, the narrative spun by certain quarters had blown the matter out of proportion.

“Politics causes minor issues to become major ones. We admit and never deny that we are experiencing water issues, it’s just that the narrative created is overly dramatic and it is as if the state has no water supply.

“We also admit that the federal government contributes to solving the water problems, but it is insufficient; for example, we need RM100, but they only give us RM20 while other states get a larger allocation for various projects,” the former Pengkalan Chepa MP added.

Speaking about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s frequent visits to Kelantan, Mohd Amar advised Anwar to focus on campaigning in Selangor rather than Kelantan, Kedah, and Terengganu ahead of the six state polls.

“I’ve never seen a prime minister as frantic (kelam-kabut) as the current one during the state polls and he is very much unlike (former prime ministers) Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Even when Najib dropped by before the state elections, he only did so once or twice.

“Anwar is said to visit Kelantan once a week. Perhaps he came here because he is craving Nasi Kerabu. I want to advise Anwar not to visit Kelantan too frequently because if he is not careful, Selangor might fall. Anwar has been very preoccupied with Kelantan and Kedah.”

The incumbent Panchor assemblyman said he had also received information that the wave of rejection for Pakatan Harapan (PH) has grown leaps and bounds.

“I heard that the wave of rejection has spilled over from Malay villages and is now entering the city,” he remarked while also expressing hope that Kelantanese living outside the state will return and make the right choice by voting for PAS. – Aug 8, 2023


Main pic credit: Harian Metro

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