PAS lost Terengganu in 2004 because the Election Commission (EC)

1257 president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang on Thursday expressed confidence that the party will retain Kedah in the next general election as it has administered the state well since the last general election.

He said the state PAS leadership had implemented a number of initiatives which had benefited the people, such as reducing poverty and paying off debts to the federal government although it had only been in power for less than a term.

“InsyaAllah (God willing) we’ll be able to retain Kedah. We hope that there won’t be another Terengganu like what happened in 2004,” he said, alluding to PAS’s one-term rule of Terengganu before being toppled by the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Abdul Hadi, who spoke to reporters while visiting a pineapple plantation belonging to a subsidiary of the state government here, was responding to claims by Kedah PAS that it had fulfilled 80 per cent of promises made in the party’s election manifesto during the last general election.

He claimed that PAS lost Terengganu in 2004 because the Election Commission (EC) had conducted what he described as massive voter transfer.

Abdul Hadi also claimed that the EC was doing the same thing in Kedah and Selangor ahead of the next general election with a view to securing victory for the BN in the two states.

He said the party’s 57th muktamar (general assembly) on June 3-5 would touch on preparations for the general election.

“Party polls that will take place will `cleanse’ the party and strengthen our election machinery,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said he would announce the progress with regard to the implementation of the election manifesto revealed during the last general election in one or two days