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Kelantan Pas 'needs time for promises to be implemented'


KOTA BARU: The state government yesterday admitted that it was unable to fulfil all the promises that were made in the 12th general election manifesto and asked the people to extend Pas' rule to implement it.

State Islamic development, education and Dakwah committee chairman Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said not all programmes outlined in the manifestos could be carried out swiftly as some of them needed a longer time frame for implementation.

"In the manifesto, there were things that could be done quickly and others which take time.

"That is why we are asking voters to give us a chance to extend our administration as some promises need a longer period of time to be honoured. This must be clearly understood.

"However, programmes that we can carry out had already been implemented," he said when met after the state exco meeting here.

Amar, who is also a state deputy Pas commissioner, was commenting on statements by state Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders that Pas had reneged on its promises made in previous general elections.

The promises included developing the Pengkalan Kubur new town in Tumpat, Afta City in Pasir Mas, inland port in Kuala Krai and construction of a second bridge linking Kampung Cina here to Kampung Laut in Tumpat.

Amar explained that all the projects involved were private sector initiatives and not state government projects.

"The problem here is with the companies involved and not the state government. The companies may have financial difficulties or some other problem that we do not know," he said.

On Kelantan Pas' manifesto for the coming general election, Amar said the party always announced at a later time than that revealed by BN and other political parties.

"Based on our normal practice, the manifesto is made public shortly after the dissolution of the state assembly or the nomination day."

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