PETALING JAYA: After Terengganu, now Kelantan has also welcomed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim holding a Hari Raya open house in the state.
Menteri besar Ahmad Yakob said the federal government had written to the state informing them of their decision to hold an open house in Kota Bharu and said it had no objections at all.
“We received a letter (from Putrajaya) and we do not object to it. In fact, we agreed because the preparations will be done by them. We are honoured to have been invited to the event,” Berita Harian quoted him as saying.
However, Ahmad did not rule out the possibility that the open houses being held in the three PAS-held states, including Kedah, are linked to the upcoming state polls.
“This event involves six states that have yet to hold their own elections. Perhaps there is a motive, but that is up to him (Anwar). We can’t predict anything.
“As the state government, we will accept it and be open about it. Although we are from different parties, we will respect the move,” he said.
Yesterday, Terengganu menteri besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the state government not only welcomes Anwar and his Cabinet to hold an open house in the state, but will also provide all support necessary to make the event a success.
On Friday, Anwar dismissed allegations that the government’s move to hold Hari Raya open houses in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu had anything to do with the state elections.
Anwar said he will also be attending three other Hari Raya open houses in Selangor, Penang and Negeri Sembilan, organised by the respective state governments.
The Kelantan Aidilfitri open house will be held at Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV from 7pm to 10.30pm on May 12.
The open house in Kedah will be at Hotel Raia in Alor Setar from 10am to 2pm on April 29. In Terengganu, it will be held at Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin from 7pm to 10.30pm on May 13.