where a guy from Pahang came to Kelantan. His first impression was that Kelantan is not a bad state. There are nice houses, tarred roads, schools and big hospitals. So the impression is that it was because of its menteri besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
When he talks about nice houses, there are two sources. One, teachers. If both husband and wife work as teachers, they can get a RM400,000 loan and they can get their own land and can build almost a palace in Kelantan. Those are government servants and they fall under the purview of the Federal Government.
Besides that, we have a large number of civil servants in Kelantan. The chief of the armed forces is from Pasir Mas. The chief justice is also from Pasir Mas.
In my case, for example, I come from a poor family. If I had not helped my parents since the 1970s, they would not have had a decent home. No money came from my parents. The money came from me and my brothers and sisters who worked for the government.
In terms of infrastructure, we cannot stop helping Kelantan. I am not saying that the state government has not done anything, but a lot of what you see is actually done by the Federal Government. That goes to show that Kelantan has not been denied development. If we deny Kelantan from having a university, we wouldn't get to see any university in the state.
I want people to understand that many of them are civil servants and many of them live outside Kelantan, doing business. They are Tan Sris and they build houses in Kelantan. They are very successful and they are close to their family, just like myself.
Question: In terms of social media, do you handle your Twitter and Facebook accounts on your own.Answer: Yes, sometimes there's no rest for me. It is a good platform to engage the people. Sometimes, they would put up enquiries, and give feedback. There have been many instances when I reached out to the people via Facebook and Twitter. When they tweet or go on Facebook and ask for help, and you help them, they would be happy. These are all little things in life that people appreciate.
Question: What is your style of leadership?Answer: I try to go down to the ground and go to every division and promote the politics of inclusiveness and leadership by example. I would like to bring everyone onboard. I don't belong to any "gang". If we have factions among ourselves, then we are gone and that's the end of it for BN.
Question: Going back to BN's preparations for the general election. Will BN have a special manifesto for Kelantan?Answer: Yes, we will. We have almost finalised it, but it's too early to disclose anything. We will have a local manifesto as well because some people cannot relate to what is happening (at the federal level).
Question: Is Pas campaigning even during the fasting month in Kelantan?Answer: Yes, yes. They have tazkirah and other things. We have to be objective. Our political landscape has changed. It is a democracy, and we should not complain about such things. We should instead try to outdo them. They have every right to do that. So we have to work even harder. We have to be more strategic and aggressive.
Question: This 'cah-keting' (sabotage) has been synonymous with Kelantan. What's the situation like now?Answer: I think it is not getting any worse. You work for the party, and not for the person. That is important. You work for the cause. Umno's cause is to fight for our race, religion and country. That's the foundation of our cause.
I would like to believe that things are not as bad as it used to be. The problem exists and I don't deny it. But for now, the issue is not relevant because the candidates list has yet to be announced.