KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim says the funds promised by his deputy, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, to youths in Terengganu has “nothing to do” with the Aug 12 elections in six states.
Anwar, who is also finance minister, said the government cannot stop making important announcements just because of the state polls.
“Some people have suggested (the government make) no announcements at all, but no. I’m the prime minister and I have to look after the entire country. If it is important, we will announce it.
“The government must continue to function. (what Zahid announced) has nothing to do with the state elections,” he told reporters after an event here today.
However, Anwar said the Cabinet already agreed that Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional cannot use state governments’ machinery in the campaign for the state polls.
On Friday, Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman accused Zahid of “normalising corruption” after the Umno president allegedly promised to approve funds if Terengganu youths voted for BN.
Zahid had reportedly allocated RM250,000 to the Terengganu Youth Council and RM200,000 to motorcycle teams throughout the state.
During the announcement, Zahid urged the youths present at the event to vote for the “blue and red wave” in the state polls.
“That’s what I just (announced). After this, the prime minister will come up; he will top up, and add more, God willing.
“As long as on Aug 12, the youths join the blue wave (BN) and the red wave (PH) in Terengganu,” he said.
Yesterday, Zahid had also brushed off such accusations, saying that it was important that the youths receive sufficient funding to carry out their activities.
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