CHINI, July 3 – Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail praised Senior Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali in his speech in Kampung Batu Gong as part of Chini by-election campaign trail.
Calling Azmin his old friend, the Pahang MB said that the then Minister of Economic fought for the people of Pahang against Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng when the state government requested RM115 million fund for piping works from Kemaman to Gebeng, despite then still being part of Pakatan Harapan federal government.
Azmin had earlier said in his address at the same venue that he is of the opinion that Wan Rosdy is a very good leader for the people of Pahang and therefore should be given a stronger support via a Barisan Nasional win at the Chini by-election that will be taking place tomorrow.
Wan Rosdy also said that as the Minister of Economic Affairs, Azmin had also approved funding to build a mosque among others, costing between RM2-3 million.
“You can also check my Facebook, if I recall correctly, Datuk Seri Azmin had approved federal funding for the state of Pahang at least about RM40 million,” said the Pahang MB.
He also told the audience how Azmin acted promptly during the Movement Control Order where palm industry were facing shortages of boxes due to box makers not being allowed to operate. Wan Rosdy said Azmin considered the problem faced by FELDA settlers and helped sort out the situation by allowing the box-makers to operate immediately.
Both leaders rode motorcycles to visit villagers and were well-received by the people of Chini.
Wan Rosdy thanked Azmin for making time to join the campaign trail and lend support to Barisan Nasional despite his busy schedule. He also thanked other Perikatan Nasional leaders who showed support, among others Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.
The Chini state seat by-election sees a three-cornered fight between Barisan Nasional’s Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41, and two Independent candidates: Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.
With Pakatan Harapan abandoning Chini by-election without fielding a candidate, Mohd Sharim Md Zain is expected to win easily.