Kuala Besut by-election: Pick BN for stability, says Muhyiddin

BESUT (July 12, 2013): Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has urged the locals in Kuala Besut to pick Barisan Nasional to ensure stability in the state.

Muhyiddin said while he is a little worried about the outcome of the possibility of a hung assembly, he added that his main concern is the stability of the state of Terengganu.

"If BN wins, then the politics in Terengganu will be more stable as BN has more seats. If not, the situation will be left in a lurch and I am sure even the people in the state want to avoid such a situation.

"Although the focus may be for the Kuala Besut constituency, the entire state is at stake, so the easiest way is to vote for BN.

"If not, there will be other effects that I do dare not speak of on the state constitution, position of the monarch, political stability, the possibility of fresh elections and people coming out (to vote) again.

"These are the processes already in place in the rules and the constitution. However the easiest answer is choose BN and at least the situation would return to status quo, stable, and can help the state government continue its development agenda," he said in a press conference after the nomination today at Kompleks Rakan Muda here.

Muhyiddin said this when asked to respond to PAS' campaign slogan '16:16 New Terengganu', which refers to the possibility of a hung assembly.

BN currently only has 16 out of the 17 seats it won in the May 5 polls while Pakatan Rakyat has 15 (PAS 14, PKR one).

An opposition victory in the by-election, which is slated to take place on July 24, could split the seats 16-16, which could lead to a hung state assembly.

Muhyiddin said BN has already addressed most of the issues affecting the local community in the run-up to the May 5 polls and added that other issues present are also being noted.

He hoped that the voters would lend their support to BN once again.

When asked to respond on the allegations that BN practises cronyism and the fact that the PAS candidate Azlan Yusof is a Class A contractor who gets government projects, Muhyiddin said he did not want to speak ill of the opposition to respect the holy month of Ramadhan.

He admitted that he may not be familiar with the local issues well, but was confident that the voters here understand their candidates and their background.

"What is important is they understand our candidate and our BN candidate Tengku Zaihan (Che Ku Abdul Rahman) is a young man of calibre with qualifications and without problems.

"He does not know things like cronyism and nepotism yet, so he is brand new and fresh. You can see it in his face.

"(He is) the son of an ustaz (religious teacher), professional, and young," he said.