ROMPIN: Rompin voters should vote for Datuk Hasan Arifin as he has four plus points, says Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said Hasan was an experienced leader, had good connections with party leaders, a strong network with the grassroots and possessed a pleasant personality.
“I believe the people here want to see more development and enjoy economic opportunities.
“In Selangor, the issue of water cannot be resolved by the PKR-led government.
“Is it any better in Kelantan under PAS? They still come to us to ask for allocations to repair homes and bridges damaged by the big floods,” he said after presenting cost of living allowances to Felcra participants in Kuala Rompin here yesterday.
Mohd Shafie, who is Rural and Regional Development Minister, added that the Government could not simply fulfil all the people’s wishes due to limited funds, adding that important public projects would be given priority.
“That is why we introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to increase the Government’s revenue.
“The money collected are returned back to the people in the form of development projects such as building houses, schools, roads and hospitals,” he added.
Mohd Shafie said he agreed that prices of some goods, including in villages, had gone up, saying that some unscrupulous traders had increased their prices even before the GST came into force this month.
“We have the information and facts, the Opposition does not. It is our responsibility to provide the right answers,” he added.
On another matter, Mohd Shafie said the Government had allocated RM20mil to assist rural-based entrepreneurs to start their businesses.
He said these businesses would help to create job opportunities and stop rural youths from migrating to towns.
Citing a project in Rompin, he said the orang asli in Kampung Kedaik, Muadzam Shah, would be able to trade at six shoplots to be built at a rest and recreation area.
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