Amidst the political discourse surrounding development and progress across various states in Malaysia, Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate for the Permatang Pasir state seat, Amir Hamzah Abdul Hashim, has shared his perspective on the issue. In an exclusive interview with Sinar Daily, Amir Hamzah emphasized that every state in Malaysia possesses its own unique strengths and "richness," dispelling the notion of any state being truly poor or backward.
Amir Hamzah particularly highlighted Penang's historical development during the British colonial era, making a comparison to Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu. He stated, "In Malaysia, there is not a single state that is poor and backward. Each state has its own 'richness' in its own way. Kedah is rich in agriculture. So it's true that we don't see development; we only see a lot of rice fields. While Terengganu is a rich state, there is petroleum. Not poor at all."
His comments were made in response to criticisms by Penang Pakatan Harapan's (PH) Air Putih candidate Lim Guan Eng, who had criticized the governments of Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah for their perceived shortcomings in water management and economic performance.
Amir Hamzah went on to explain that Kelantan, in particular, faced challenges in the past due to being under opposition rule. This perspective highlights the broader political dynamics that influence development trajectories in different states.
Previously, Lim Guan Eng, during a ceramah at Jelajah Madani Kebun Bunga on August 6th, had expressed concerns about clean water access in Kelantan and questioned the economic growth of Terengganu and Kedah.
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Source: Sinar Daily