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T’ganu MB happy to have Hadi as BN state’s adviser
Published:  Nov 6, 2015 11:51 AM
Updated: 6:05 AM

Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman has reportedly said he would consider appointing PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang as the BN state government's adviser.

"There is no problem. I had met Hadi before I became MB and we had some discussions.

“He gave some positive views (concerning non-partisan cooperation and administration).

"It reflects PAS' willingness to open its doors to start collaborating with us," New Straits Times reported him saying.

He was delivering his keynote speech at the Terengganu Umno convention yesterday.

Ahmad Razif said it is important to consider political views across the board, and accept those beneficial to the people.

Hadi on Nov 1 said his party is willing to cooperate with BN on administrative issues, a claim he had repeated in the past weeks to criticisms from PAS’ former ally DAP.

Hadi had then insisted the cooperation would be apolitical and PAS does not want to take over Putrajaya.

The Marang MP was Terengganu MB for one term from 1999 to 2004 when PAS won the state at the time.

'Ignore coffeeshop talk'

Meanwhile during his speech, Ahmad Razif also stressed Umno members should not be 'lulled by coffee talk' that is not based on fact, as this would create a negative perception of the party.

This could potentially cost the party the next election, he was reported saying.

"This is the reality. We have been listening to too much unsubstantiated rumours in coffeeshops.

"While we are lulled by rumours that slowly change our perception and while enjoying listening to these rumours, our foe (the opposition) has managed to register more than 300,000 new voters.

Therefore, he said, Umno must transform politically and yet must take a stand and make decisions that 'reflect political resolve', no matter how unpopular they may be.

Umno members must not cling on to the party's past success, he insisted, with the opposition gaining strength against them.

Even NGOs, he noted, are becoming stronger and can easily influence public opinion.