Respecting people’s choice

Umno members from the Tebrau division taking pictures with Sembrong Umno division chief Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein. Behind him is Hasni.

JOHOR BARU: The state government should not pressure the people, especially the low-income group, to attend its events.

Benut assemblyman Datuk Hasni Mohamed said he was saddened when he heard that residents risked losing their low-cost homes if they did not participate in a gotong-royong programme on Sept 21 in Kempas.

“You should not require people to register and if they do not attend the programme, they should not be told that it will be taken into consideration when the time comes to extend the lease for the house next year.

“The Barisan Nasional government never did such things. We usually just say attendance is compulsory.

“We do not make threats or force people,” he said, indicating that the event took place in Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian’s constituency.

Hasni, who is state Opposition leader, said many government programmes did not receive good response from the people.

“In fact, their recent launch of the flying the flag for National Day event was mainly attended by government and uniformed personnel such as Rela and police,” he said after meeting with Tebrau Umno members here.

Hasni said many of the promises made by the Pakatan Harapan government were not fulfilled, including acknowledging the role of the opposition leader.

“They promised to appoint someone from the Opposition as the chairman for the state’s public accounts committee, but that too has now been given to DAP,” he said, adding that government officers were instructed not to give information to the Opposition.

“How am I going to do my work as the Opposition if I cannot get information?

“In the last state assembly, almost all our questions were not answered as the government claimed that they needed more time after GE14,” he added.

Hasni hoped they would not be giving the same excuse during the upcoming state budget on Nov 15.

“We, as the Opposition, will come up with our own shadow budget and plans for the economy so that the people will know about our future plans for the state,” he said, adding that the Pakatan government was also finding it hard to appoint councillors and village heads.

Hasni urged Umno members statewide to go all out to win over young voters to enable Barisan to come back to power in GE15.

Hasni added that the next five years would be challenging for Umno but reminded everyone not to miss the opportunity to come back to power.

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