Terengganu MB Ahmad Said defends awarding mega projects to Umno cronies, saying politics is about obtaining power and holding on to it
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BESUT: There is absolutely nothing wrong in awarding mega projects to the government cronies because this is a necessity to survive in the political game, said Terengganu MB Ahmad Said.

“When it comes to projects, including the recently-announced Kuala Besut International Gateway, we must give priority to our people. Never do we give it to PAS, because once they get the money they will use it to kill us.

“Who got the government projects in Kelantan? For sure it was PAS’ people. We can’t be giving it out to others, it is like digging our own graves.

“This is politics, politics is about obtaining power and holding on to it,” he said.

Ahmad was commenting on the PAS’ allegations that the RM250 million gateway project would not benefit local folk because it would be granted to the Umno’s government cronies.

The MB was in Kuala Besut to canvass for the BN by-election candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman, who is contesting in a straight fight against PAS candidate Azlan Yusof in tomorrow’s by election

New Zealand Uni to enter Kuala Besut

Meanwhile, Ahmad also defended the multi-million project, saying that this was being done to boost the local tourism sector and create job opportunities for the local folk.

“If the number of tourists increases, they would need food and accommodation, and there’ll be job opportunities for the local people to provide these services and amenities and the industry would be benefited,” he said.

Ahmad also debunked PAS’ notion that he had neglected the Taman Ilmu education hub project initiated by former MB Idris Jusoh due to a personal vendetta.

He said the project was stalled for a while because the contractors needed to do some improvements.

“The library and mosque have been completed, we are expecting a New Zealand University to be the first to enter in September,” he said.