Pak Lah's election weapon. Three days after the launch of the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) in Kota Bharu, the flamboyant Annuar Musa thumps his chest and declares to Bernama that Barisan National will end Pas' 17-year rule in Kelantan at the next GE.
"Billions of ringgit have been allocated for the development of the state and the allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan is also great," he said, adding that the latest was the launching of the ECER, which really revealed the earnestness to develop Kelantan.
Read BN believes it has Kelantan in the bag.
Pas' Husam Musa, however, says that the party is capable of taking 70 parliamentary seats at the next General Election. That's almost double what it has now. Read here.
An East Coast gem. In the meantime, those who missed Nik Aziz's speech at the ECER launch missed a gem. In all politeness, the Tok Guru spoke of his inability to be impressed by Pak Lah's election weapon.
Excerpts (translated):Nik Aziz said the ECER should be realistic and not hypocritical.
"I had the opportunity to peruse the list of mega projects contained in the master plan that is said to involve an expenditure totalling RM112 billion.
"Among other things, it will include a University that has been launched several times, the East Coast Expressway, a jetty in Tok Bali and the effort to upgrade Sultan Ismail Petra Airport to a South East Asian hub, as well as a strong desire to produce a Bumiputera Commerce and Industry community.
"Alhamdulillah, all these proposals have long been identified and are part of Kelantan's long-term stratefic development plan which we have documented and signed since2 May 2000, which is about 7 years ago.
Read Niz Aziz's full speech here.
"With regards to the allocation of RM112 billion for ECER, a further RM177 billion for the Northern Corridor and RM47.6 billion more for the Iskandar Regional Development, the rakyat have become somewhat curious with the sum.
"They become even more amazed as the money that would be spend could cover the Ninth Malaysia Plan and the 10th Malaysia Plan and might even cover the 11th Malaysia Plan.
"Nonetheless, if the money is there it is not a problem, and we should be grateful to the Almighty. Alhamdullah, (and) well done!
"I have read somewhere that an effective plan is one that is not doubted by the very people the plan is intended for."