16 Jul 2013 07:53

KUALA BESUT, July 13 (Bernama) -- Offer excellent service for the people and fight for continuous development are among the expectations of the Kuala Besut residents for Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman.

Ghani Hassan, 66, from Kampung Gong Tengah said villagers like him needed an assemblyman who was approachable and would listen to their problems.

"We don't ask much. We just hope that the BN candidate will follow the path of the previous assemblyman (the late Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar) who will go to the ground to listen to people's problems. If elected, please don't be a snob," he said.

Ismail Omar, 74, also from Kampung Gong Tengah, said age was not a factor because what was more important was the candidate's ideas and leadership ability.

"I think anybody can be a leader as long as he can take care of the people's wellbeing and discharge the duties entrusted on him by the people. I think the BN candidate's background is more convincing to be elected as our assemblyman.

"We don't want a candidate who is being fielded just to achieve the hidden agenda of certain parties," said the former teacher.



Meanwhile, Kampung Gong Nering Security and Development Committee chairman Wan Mohd Sulaiman Wan Idris, 51, said if Tengku Zaihan were given the mandate, he would be expected to continue developing the constituency as done by Dr A. Rahman.

"We still need a fresh and visionary candidate with a calibre to ensure the implementation of continuous development projects in Kuala Besut.

"If he wins, it will be a blessing to the people. We also believe he will be the most suitable candidate to be appointed as a state executive councillor," he said.

Tengku Zaihan, 37, a civil engineer with the Drainage and Irrigation Department who hails from Kuala Besut, was named the BN's candidate for the Kuala Besut state by-election scheduled for July 24.

He will face PAS' candidate Endot alias Azlan Yusof, 48, a contractor, in a straight fight.

The by-election has been necessitated by the death of assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar of the BN of lung cancer on June 26. He had won the seat with a 2,434 majority by beating Napisah Ismail of PAS in the May 5 polls.