MUNYONYO (Uganda), 28 July 2009: The federal government has never victimised any state, including opposition-ruled Kelantan, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the federal government had carried out its responsibilities as stipulated in the Federal Constitution.
For instance, he said, the federal government has allocated RM7 billion to implement various development programmes in Kelantan under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
“And we have not neglected Kelantan, as we have given an easy loan of RM600 million to assist the Kelantan government carry out its clean water supply projects.
“No state has been victimised or not given any allocation. In other words, the federal government has performed its responsibility towards the state governments,” he told Malaysian journalists covering the 19th Global Smart Partnership Dialogue 2009 here today.
On Kelantan Menteri Besar and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s statement that the Kelantan PAS government only wanted to work with the federal government and not with Umno, Muhyiddin said state-federal government cooperation was unavoidable.
“The BN’s policy is development for all,” he said, adding that BN-state government cooperation could not be separated from federal government-state government cooperation.
He said cooperation at the government level only without political cooperation was not feasible and had never happened before.
“There can only be federal-state government cooperatioon if there is some political understanding between both parties,” he said.
“It’s up to them (the Kelantan PAS government). We have good intentions and we want to do good … not for the leaders but for the nation.
“When we say something, he (Nik Aziz) will say something else … sometimes I don’t know what to make out of what he says,” Muhyiddin added. — Bernama