12 Jul 2013 11:19

Muhyiddin said Kuala Besut and Besut were not alien to the BN because the constituents had enjoyed the services of its leaders and elected representatives for a long time and knew their calibre.

The infrastructure and physical development as well as Islamic propagation delivered by the BN leaders in these areas reflected the greater support from the local community, he said.

Asked whether BN was concerned about the "16-16" slogan of PAS, a reference to the number of seats that the BN and Pakatan Rakyat would have if PAS were to win the by-election, he said he did not wish to speculate on something that would not necessarily happen.

The BN formed the Terengganu state government after winning 17 seats in the general election on May 5. PAS had won 14 seats and PKR, one. This by-election has drawn great interest because a PAS victory would end in both the BN and Pakatan Rakyat having 16 seats each, resulting in a hung state assembly.

"Let's focus on the by-election and not speculate on something that is not likely to take place. I do not wish to comment on the opposition.