KANGAR: Aspiring Barisan Nasional candidates who do not make the final cut should not sabotage the chosen candidates in the general election, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Deputy Prime Minister is aware that some aspiring candidates are making preparations while some incumbents strongly feel that they should continue.
“When candidates are announced and they find their names are dropped, that’s when resentment arises and they forget what’s important.
“When they are not selected, they instigate their followers to sabotage the chosen candidate instead,” he said when launching the Perlis Barisan election machinery here.
Dr Ahmad Zahid urged all party members to work together to ensure Barisan candidates won.
He said leaders who were not chosen to contest should accept the decision.
“Take a moment and heal from the disappointment but then come back and help the party,” he said.
He noted that some upset followers could try to stir hatred because they expected a “prize” when their leader becomes a lawmaker.
“This kind of negativity can cause a strong party to become weak, and in the end we gain nothing because the disappointment had obscured the final objective, which is for Barisan to win,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also announced that free flow travel at the Malaysia-Thailand border near Wang Kelian, halted since 2015, would resume should Barisan win all Perlis seats in the general election.
He said the Government acknowledged the decree by the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, who expressed hope for the free flow zone to be reopened to develop economic activities in the area.
“The Government will also conduct feasibility studies on a suggestion to upgrade the Kuala Perlis jetty into a cargo port.
“We are also willing to consider the state government’s suggestion to set up a tax-free zone in Padang Besar,” he said.
Separately, Dr Ahmad Zahid said police volunteers would get a RM2 increase in allowance per hour with immediate effect.
“With the increase, we hope more people will be encouraged to join and serve in the volunteer corps.
“The extra incentive will also be very helpful to existing members,” he said when launching the new Kota Setar police district headquarters.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the headquarters was “the most expensive and most beautiful IPD in Malaysia, which also took the longest to complete”.
Later at another event in Pendang, Dr Ahmad Zahid announced a RM7mil allocation for the building of a district mosque.
He also approved funding for a series of projects, including tarring of dirt roads, upgrading of a religious school and the construction of a new multipurpose hall.