GE15: Pakatan returned oil royalties to state, says Terengganu chairman

KUALA TERENGGANU: State oil royalties for Terengganu were returned to the state when Pakatan Harapan was in power, says Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad.

“We returned to them a year after becoming the government even if at the time it was the PAS that held the state, but we remain faithful to our principles, which are to defend the rights of the people”, a- he declared.

Raja Kamarul said it was the first time since 1999 that state oil royalties were paid to Terengganu.

President Terengganu Pakatan then added that the coalition had proven itself during its short 22-month stint as the government of the day from 2018 to the start of 2020.

“We also continued to support the government led by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Even though our memorandum of understanding (to establish bipartisan cooperation) had expired, we continued to give him our support so as not to disturb the rakyat,” he said.

Raja Kamarul said they had no problem forming a mixed government, but their “partners” should only be those who could ensure long-term political stability.

“We have no problem. I think we may have to form a mixed government because I don’t think there are parties that can (just form the government), but our choice of partners has to be those who we think can ensure the long-term political stability,” he said.

Raja Kamarul also felt that the internal crisis facing Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS, which let go of a number of their top leaders, would benefit Pakatan.

“This is our chance because we can offer an alternative.

“I believe that people are no longer loyal to one party because their basic needs are threatened. There is no stability despite promises made by both Barisan and PAS (the parties that held Terengganu before and now),” he said.

Meanwhile, when asked about public criticism of Pakatan’s manifesto promise to abolish tolls on Plus motorways, Raja Kamarul felt it was something that could be done over time.

“The toll is a big thing, and it’s not something that can be abolished overnight. In 22 months in power, we have managed to reduce (the toll tariffs) by almost 20%, which for me is significant, because we did it in less than two years,” he said.

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