ALOR SETAR: Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah today urged voters not to treat the power they have lightly and to cast their ballots for the right party to form the state and federal governments.
Bashah said it was important to make the right choice as this was not about setting up a small company but forming a government.
“If you are setting up a government, it is for the next five years.
“The future of 2.2 million Kedahans depends on the government, on what happens on polling day on May 9. Do not make a mistake as it can ruin our future.
“I am responsible for what happens to Kedah. I carry a trust. I am afraid that when I finally meet my Maker, he will ask me what I had done as an MB.
“While I can say thank God, I have done my job, you all have a role to play too,” he told a crowd at the opening of the new Pekan Rabu here today.
Present were Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Minister Hamzah Zainudin and Guar Chempedak incumbent Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail.
The MB, who is the Suka Menanti incumbent, is contesting the state seat for a sixth time.
Bashah said voters owed it to their families, the state and the country to make the right choice in the coming election.
“Do not make a mistake. The ones who will lose out are our children. We will be sinning against our children and our families if we slip up and choose a government that cannot carry out our aspirations.
“It will be is a sin to our families, our state and our country if you choose wrongly.
“Do not play the fool. Vote wisely. You are voting for your children’s future,” he said.
Bashah expressed hope that Barisan Nasional (BN) would be able to win all 15 parliamentary and 36 state seats, and that on the night of May 9, it would be able to form the state government in Kedah with ease.
In a speech that lasted over 40 minutes, Bashah spoke on his close links to Alor Setar, having been born and raised here.
“I grew up in Alor Setar. We know the history of Pekan Rabu. Back in the 1950s and the 1960s, it was once famous. My father was with the traders, doing business with them.
“Dried food items and kain pelikat were sold here. Also, the old timers would remember the Empire Cinema, the most liked cinema in Kedah which screened Hindustan films daily.
“This is the history of Alor Setar. I was born here 68 years ago and grew up here,” he said.
Bashah said he first contested the state seat in 1995, when the state seat was known as Alor Merah.
“This is my sixth time contesting this seat. The name has been changed three times already, from Alor Merah, to Bakar Bata and now Suka Menanti.
“‘Saya tahu pengundi di Suka Menanti suka menanti. Menanti wakil rakyat dan perubahan yang kita akan buat’ (I know voters in Suka Menanti like to wait. Waiting for the representatives and the change that we will bring),” he said.
He also spoke on creating an environment which would be conducive for foreign investors.
“Big investors want to see whether the government is stable or not. They want to see political stability here before investing.
“If we do not open our doors to them, they will go somewhere else. We have to open our doors to investors with deep pockets to invest here and create jobs,” he said.
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