The prime minister says Kelantan would not be sidelined in education matters and pledged that the state would get the same treatment as other states.
The projects are a highway from Kuala Krai to Kota Baharu, a new stadium, construction of the biggest mosque in the state and a people’s housing project starting with 3,000 units of houses.
The others are introducing the Rapid Kota Baharu public transport system, an urban branch campus of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) that can accommodate 5,000 students and a project to resolve water supply problems in Kelantan.
Najib said the seven projects would be included in the Barisan Nasional’s manifesto for the upcoming general election.
“Ambo sebut tujuh perkara ini dan hanya sebahagian sahaja dari manifesto, Tidak lengkap lagi. (I am just announcing these seven projects, which are only part of the manifesto, now . I haven’t mentioned the others).
“Ambo hendak simpan. Nanti ambo datang lagi, ambo umum yang lain. Ambo simpan modal (I will announce more when I come again (to Kelantan). I am keeping it as political capital,” he said when opening a “Promises Kept” programme at the Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) in Tunjung here.
Don’t politicise education
Earlier in Tumpat, Najib said education was much too valuable to be politicised because it lay the foundation to turn out successful Malaysians who will chart out the nation’s future.
He said whatever assumptions the opposition had on the government’s education efforts, the government’s aim was to produce a generation that was anchored in faith and high in knowledge.
“This is the concept the government has pursued in the field of education, some say it is the national system but its core is to produce Malaysians who are high in virtue and knowledgeable.
“How to be a Caliph (Islamic leader) if one lacks knowledge, if we only have faith but without the requisite knowledge, we are also not going to make much headway. Thus the need for a balance between the two,” he told a crowd of more than 5,000 people including 3,000 students gathered at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sri Wakaf Baharu here today.
The prime minister spend about an hour at the school meeting the local folk and also helped to hand over the RM100 Early Schooling Aid to students of SK Sri Wakaf Baharu, SK Wakaf Baharu and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Wakaf Baharu.
The prime minister said the government would in no way sideline Kelantan in education matters and pledged that the state would get the same treatment as other states despite it being ruled by the opposition for over 20 years now.
“I was very happy Kelantan emerged as the second best state when the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results were announced.
“Pahang (my state) also lost to Kelantan and I congratulate all those who contributed towards achieving the fine performance including the parents. That is why I say eductaion should not be politicised because the future our our children depends on it,” he said.
Najib said PAS’s (PAS is in control of Kelantan) “Membangun Bersama Islam” (Develop With Islam) slogan would not get the people anywhere if pursuit of knowledge was not given priority by its leaders.
The prime minister then mingled with parents and students gathered there before proceeding to the Siti Khadijah Market in Kota Baharu for a walkabout. He then went to the Kelantan Rural Transformation Centre in Tunjong to open a “Promises Kept” programme and later in the afternon will attend a closed-door meeting of the State Umno Liaison Committee at the Renaissance Hotel here before returning to the federal capital.