BN or ‘nothing’ for Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Voters here were told that they would get "nothing" but continue to be hit by floods and other mismanagement issues if they continue to support the opposition.

In a meet-the-people session in SMK Seri Balik Pulau in Balik Pulau near here today, caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak repeatedly reminded the people that only with BN winning federal and state power will they be ensured a bright future.

"More big projects will come to Balik Pulau if we are given the mandate to regain power in Penang in the next election," he added.

Najib also took the opportunity to slam the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad whom he alleged cannot be trusted and depended on.

He said BN is the only ruling pact that can be trusted to bring major changes in Balik Pulau and overall in Penang.

"If you all want more (goodies), make BN win in the next polls," he told the sea of blue and red that filled the grounds.

Although it was a weekday event under the hot sun, Najib praised those BN supporters estimated at about 6,000 for flocking to the event as many shouted "Hidup BN" a few times.

The premier also approved RM10.5 million allocation to construct a flyover for motorcyclists in Kampung Seronok, Sungai Ara.

Najib also said toll charges will be abolished on motorcyclists using the first Penang Bridge if BN regains power in the state.

"This is an additional item which will be included in the Penang BN manifesto after discussing with state BN leaders," he said in his speech.

During the event, Najib also launched 12 Health Ministry projects in the state worth RM1.64billion.

Also present were state BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow, state Umno chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman, caretaker Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya and incumbent Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

In a statement, Zainal Abidin revealed he will not contest in this election and Najib had been informed of his decision two years ago.

He, however, said state Umno candidates had been finalised and will be announced by Najib soon.

He said Umno candidates will be fielded in five parliamentary seats and 15 state seats while another eight parliamentary and 25 state seats will be represented by BN component members.