‘BN policies in line with Islam’

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BESUT:  DEPUTY Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday said Muslims who opposed the Barisan Nasional government should acknowledge that what had been done to develop the country was done in accordance with  Islamic principles.

He said it was baseless to accuse the government of not fulfilling its duties according to the religion.

He said the government strove to uplift the poor and safeguard their welfare while pursuing policies that promoted social development.

“The policy of the Barisan Nasional government is to defend the rights of the people based on religious obligation.

“If there are individuals or political parties who say the BN government’s policies are not in accordance with Islam, I want to challenge them because the government has pioneered many initiatives based on Islam,” said Muhyiddin before performing the groundbreaking for a housing project for the poor at Kampung Tok Saboh in Kuala Besut.

The Terengganu government is spending more than RM10 million to build 72 houses for the poor, who live in Kampung Kepala Atap and nearby areas.

The coastal village is under threat from erosion of the coastline.

The 42 families there often incur damages when their homes are hit by huge waves. They will be relocated to the new units upon its completion.

Muhyiddin praised the Terengganu government for providing public housing for the poor.

“Housing projects delivered by the government are kerja amal (charity), as are the other aid initiatives, such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid.”

Muhyiddin said it was everyone’s right to own proper housing as improvements in the standard of living had led increased demand for homes.

He said the government was aware that those in the low-income bracket could not afford suitable homes, and so issues of affordable housing and its location were something the government would not ignore.

He added that based on the BN election manifesto, the ruling coalition had pledged to build one million homes in five years, and this would be fulfilled.

Present were BN candidate for the Kuala Besut by-election, Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and BN by-election deputy director Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Muhyiddin later joined villagers to perform Asar prayers at Beris Lampu Mosque, before visiting the family of the late Kuala Besut assemblyman, Dr A. Rahman Mohktar, at Jalan Semarak, Kuala Besut.

At night he broke his fast with villagers at Pengkalan Sentol Mosque, before performing Terawih prayers with the congregation at Kampung Baharu Mosque, Kuala Besut.