Bringing progress to Kelantan, T’ganu: Hadi says PAS’ hands tied

Abdul Hadi Awang says if PAS wants to bring foreign investors to Terengganu and Kelantan, it requires federal government approval.

KUALA NERUS: PAS has difficulty bringing progress to Kelantan and Terengganu because most economic aspects need to get the approval of the federal government, said its president Abdul Hadi Awang.

“Our hands are tied, especially in implementing shariah laws and in the economic aspects. The state government cannot set up a bank. That power is in the hands of the federal government.

“If we want to bring foreign investors to Terengganu and Kelantan, it requires federal government approval. This is a stumbling block for us,” he told reporters after opening PAS’ 64th muktamar (general assembly) here today.

He explained that a state government’s powers were limited to matters like managing land, mosques and inherited assets, and religious education.

As such, Hadi hoped the federal government would be more open towards the governments of Kelantan and Terengganu so that they could enjoy more progress.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said Kelantan remained poor and dependent on federal help despite its people being skilled entrepreneurs.

He also said the state government would not even be able to administer the state without federal assistance.