BUKIT MERTAJAM: State governments under the opposition coalition should improve their relationship with the Federal Government for the sake of the people, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar said the differences in political ideology should not be the stumbling block between the Federal Government and state governments in an effort to help the people.
"I hope we can put aside our differences and improve our cooperation for the people," he said in his speech during the launching of Masjid Mengkuang Titi Development here on Friday (April 14).
He said when there was an election, political parties could fight with each other but called on everyone to make amends after that.
Earlier in his speech Anwar said the Madani concept in the unity government was not just a slogan but a concept that was based on the value of humanity.
He also dismissed allegations that the Federal government had allegedly turned its back on opposition-led state governments by denying their constituency allocations.
Anwar had said that both blocs of the Dewan Rakyat needed to hold a discussion on setting up the parameters for constituencies allocation as funds were ready.
He had said that both chief whips must start deliberating on the matter and reiterated that he had agreed in principle to provide equal allocation for Opposition MPs.
On the new development of Masjid Mengkuang Titi, Anwar said the Federal government had announced a total of RM5.4mil allocation for the new mosque at Mengkuang Titi here.
He said the allocation was meant to complete and expedite the construction of a new mosque scheduled to commence next year.
The state government also contributed RM1.1mil to the construction of the mosque with the remaining cost would be funded by the Mengkuang Titi initiative who had collected RM2.5mil on its own.
He said the actual cost of the new mosque was RM9mil.
The two-story mosque would be able to cater to 1,500 congregants at one time on the 1.29ha land owned by Penang State Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP).