Terengganu poverty rate down with BN administration
When PAS took Terengganu by surprise in the 1999 general elections, rather than developing opportunities for the East Coast state, the PAS state government only worsened the situation there.
Since the Barisan Nasional government resumed office in Terengganu following the 2004 general elections, BN has remarkably reduced the poverty rate from 15.4% of the population in 2004 to 6.5% in 2007, a drop by 8.9%. BN prove themselves again in the March 8, 2008 general elections when BN retained the state government of Terengganu. This suggests that the coalition parties in BN are able to work with one another for the betterment of all Terengganu folks irrespective of race.
From being the second poorest state in Malaysia in 2004, Terengganu’s poverty rate has improved, moving two notches to be the 4th lowest position of the poverty ladder.
The population’s average income has also risen, climbing from RM 1,984 in 2004 after BN wrestled back Terengganu from PAS to RM 2,463 in 2007.
The brief statistics above highlights that in 5 years from 1999 through 2004 when PAS wielded power in Terengganu, the residents’ economic well being either stagnated or plummeted. However, within 3 years after BN resumed administration, the economic situation of the locals showed improvement.
A simple comparison is with neigbouring Kelantan which has been under PAS rule for 18 years. Kelantan has not shown any development and her population remains very much behind in terms of infrastructure or economic development compared to the other states in Malaysia. Employment opportunities are considerably lesser in Kelantan with many of her residents having to move to neibouring states to search for jobs.
Voters are urged not to be swayed by the presence of the full scale of Pakatan Rakyat bigwigs. Just let the statistics and facts of BN effective administration speak for themselves.
- MCA Online -