20 December 2017
Kelantan’s slow pace of development is deliberate, says deputy MB
Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah has admitted that Kelantan is lagging behind other states in development, but said it is deliberate.
This so that its people do not get “left behind,” according to him.
“We admit that our (the state’s) physical development is slow. But it is on purpose to ensure the rakyat can enjoy the development.
“If we develop rapidly, adopt a more free approach, we can compete with states like Selangor, but the danger is, people might get left behind.
“Kampung folk cannot keep up with development,” he said in a ceramah in Kota Bharu last night.
Mohd Amar said the state government’s Islamic approach towards governance has spawned many changes over its 27-year rule.
“We want the locals to enjoy development, unlike other places which develop rapidly, but its people have to move out,” he said, citing Langkawi in Kedah as an example.
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17 October 2017
In PAS heartland, Amanah and Bersatu to lead two-prong attack
Amanah is expected to contest the lion’s share of state assembly seats in Kelantan during the next general election in a bid to unseat the PAS-led state government which has been in power for close to three decades.
Meanwhile, Bersatu is expected to contest the majority of parliamentary seats in the state, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing seat negotiations.
Sources told Malaysiakini that under the current proposal, Amanah will contest 32 out of 45 state seats or more than two-thirds of the seats.
The splinter party is seen as having the most potential to inflict damage on PAS and BN, although whether it can win remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, PKR is expected to contest six state seats, which is just one seat more than the last general election, in an apparent attempt to avoid conflict with PAS.
Bersatu is expected to contest five state seats, while DAP will contest in two.
Under the present arrangement, Bersatu is expected to contest in eight parliamentary seats, including in Gua Musang, Jeli, Pasir Puteh, Rantau Panjang and Tumpat.
Amanah will contest in four parliamentary seats including Kota Bharu, Kubang Kerian and Bachok, while PKR will contest in three, namely Ketereh, Machang and Pengkalan Chepa.
The sources said changes to the seat distribution may still happen but a major revamp is not expected.
25 September 2017
PAS, after six elections, seen losing grip in Kelantan
Sep 25, 2017, 5:00 am SGT
Malaysia is gearing up for its next general election, amid speculation that it could be held within months. The nationwide polls must be called by August next year. In the second in a series of reports on battleground states that are expected to see fierce contests, The Straits Times looks at the east coast state of Kelantan.
Malaysian state has declined economically under Muslim party and voters are rethinking their political convictions.
During the 1980s, a popular joke in Malaysia’s north-eastern Kelantan state went something like this: Even a blind man in a car would know when he crossed the border into neighbouring Pahang or Terengganu because of the bumpier ride on the uneven and pot-marked roads.
These days, people in this fiercely parochial state admit that the joke is on them.
“It used to be different here and we looked down on the other (states),” noted chicken supplier Mohd Sakri Husain, who lives in Renok Baru, a small town located about 180km from the Kelantan capital of Kota Baru, as he took a drag on a rolled cigarette. “Now our economy is weak and young people have to leave Kelantan to look for work.”
Malaysia’s main Muslim opposition party, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), won Kelantan in 1990 from Umno.
Now, 27 years and six general elections later, Kelantanese such as 37- year-old Mr Mohd Sakri are beginning to question their political convictions, which have long leaned towards religious sentiments at the expense of economic development.
Under PAS, Kelantan has become one of Malaysia’s most economically shabby states, and the party’s failure to deliver on the promise of melding Islamic ideals with sound economic management is looming large in the minds of voters here, ahead of polls that could be called some time in the next six months.
Leaders from PAS and a recently formed breakaway faction called Parti Amanah Negara were coy about commenting on their respective election prospects.
But Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar, the MP for the Kelantan constituency of Tumpat and senior leader of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), acknowledged the grim outlook for the opposition.
He noted that Kelantan’s economic despair, the general fatigue over the prolonged politicking in Malaysia and the split in the opposition alliance are likely to work against the opposition not just in Kelantan, but also in the rest of Malaysia. “Unless the opposition can come to some agreement on seat-sharing and avoid three-cornered fights, PAS will likely lose Kelantan and the opposition could face trouble in the rest of the country,” he said in a phone interview.
That is because the prospect of three-cornered fights in the upcoming polls, particularly across much of the all-important rural Malay heartland, would benefit the ruling Umno and the Barisan Nasional coalition which it leads.
…analysts say Amanah could end up splitting the opposition vote, as happened in the 2016 Sungai Besar by-election in Selangor. In Sungai Besar, PAS won 22 per cent of the vote, Amanah 24 per cent, and Umno emerged the victor with 53 per cent.