‘Don’t burn the bridge to Putrajaya’

KEMAMAN voters were advised against burning the only bridge they have to the federal government when they cast their ballots at a by-election there on Dec 2.

Umno Supreme Council member Ahmad Maslan said Kemaman voters must make the constituency a “bridge” that connects the PAS-run state to Putrajaya.

“Don’t burn down this bridge,” Ahmad was quoted as saying. “Take this opportunity, otherwise you will need to wait for the next general election,” said Ahmad, according to Berita Harian.

He said there was no benefit for voters in the parliamentary constituency to help PAS to retain a “40-0” score of a clean sweep by the Islamic party of the 32 state assembly and 8 parliamentary seats at recent elections.

Ahmad said that voters must be wise and not get caught up in the sentiment that the people of Terengganu wanted to retain the “duck’s egg” for Barisan Nasional.

“Even if Terengganu menteri besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar wins the Kemaman by-election, the constituency will remain under the opposition at the federal level,” he said in Chukai on Saturday.