KUALA TERENGGANU: Umno has reactivated its election machinery in Terengganu in the wake of speculations that the 12th general election would be held earlier than its scheduled date in 2009.
“We are launching our blitz now as our opponents have been making endless accusations about the ruling government,” said state Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
“But we are not interested in counterattacking the opposition's slander.
“Our intention is to refresh the minds of voters on the situation when PAS was ruling the state, which left it impoverished and many people living in hardcore poverty,” he said.
He said Umno would send out 320 speakers to 200 selected polling stations in all state constituencies, starting in the PAS stronghold of Rhu Rendang.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who was mentri besar for five years before Terengganu fell to the Barisan in the 2004 elections, is the incumbent state assemblyman in Rhu Rendang.
Ahmad Shabery said Umno would focus on this seat and also penetrate into other places perceived as heartlands of PAS.
He was confident the Barisan would win Hadi's seat and at least three other seats now in opposition hands.
He added that the sentiments at the grassroots level indicated that the people were happy with the current ruling party, which had brought much development to the state.