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Sepanggar folks want hope and better future: Rahman
Published on: Friday, April 20, 2018

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said he will be more than happy to fulfil the desire of the people of Sepanggar for a better future if selected as their candidate in the coming general election. Abdul Rahman, who is Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, said this when asked about the response from the people since becoming among the first to make known his intention.

"It has been overwhelming and warm. I have been meeting a lot of people from stakeholders, community leaders, and component parties to non-governmental organisations," he said, Thursday.

He also met officials of churches, temples, mosques, Chinese schools, captains of industries and the business community.

"If I can sum up the message given in all these meetings I had for the last two months, it will be and very loudly they just want hope and a better future whether in education, business, NGOs, everybody wants a better future and they believe Barisan Nasional could deliver this with the right formula, with the right personality, the right connection. Whatever they are asking for, we will deliver for Sepanggar," he said, during his visit to Pekan Manggatal to look on the progress of the major drain clean-up project being carried out in the area.

Rahman said as Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, he knows which areas in the country can be a catalyst for economic development and Sepanggar is one of them.

"Sepanggar has all the ingredients, it has the port, and it has a very wide base of industrial land and also small and medium businesses.

"There are about 300,000 people in Sepanggar with 62,000 voters, what does that tell you?

It tells you that the people of Sepanggar are very open minded, allowing people from all over the country to come in and stay in Sepanggar to provide jobs and business opportunities for them and economic growth," he said.

Asked if BN would be fielding new faces this general election, he said, "I think there will be some, but I am not too sure, this is entirely the prerogative of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister.

"My wish just like everybody else, is to have more new faces of course, but we must remember there are some existing or incumbent YBs who are actually delivering their services despite being around for quite some time

"It is something that needs to be balanced, the young, the new, the old," he said, adding new faces doesn't mean young people. It could also be people who have been around like civil servants, people who want to serve but not necessarily young people.


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