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KUALA TERENGGANU, 9 Jan (Bernama) — Menteri Pelajaran Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein memberi jaminan legasi pendidikan bekas Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran Allahyarham Datuk Razali Ismail untuk penduduk di Kuala Terengganu akan diteruskan melalui hubungan langsung dengan dirinya.

Hishammuddin berkata beliau sendiri akan menjalankan peranan untuk memastikan Kuala Terengganu dibangunkan sebagai sebuah pusat kecemerlangan pendidikan.

“Secara peribadi, saya mengambil pendekatan yang lebih bersungguh-sungguh kerana kawasan ini bekas kawasan Timbalan Menteri saya yang merupakan seorang yang cukup komited, ikhlas dan jujur untuk pastikan dan impikan untuk bangunkan Kuala Terengganu sebagai pusat kecemerlangan pendidikan.

“Jangan bimbang pengorbanan arwah tidak akan kita lupakan… orang sini akan ada hubungan langsung dengan Menteri Pelajaran sendiri selepas ini,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mengadakan perjumpaan dengan pengundi guru di SK Pulau Rusa di sini, Jumaat.

Turut hadir Timbalan Menteri Kesihatan Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

Hishammuddin berkata beliau jarang turun padang ke Kuala Terengganu sebelum ini kerana mempunyai seorang timbalan yang berkarisma, namun kini dengan ketiadaan Allahyarham Razali, beliau akan memastikan kekosongan itu diisi dengan dibantu oleh rakan-rakan yang lain.

Beliau turut memberi jaminan bukan sahaja pendidikan anak-anak di kawasan Kuala Terengganu terbela tetapi juga soal kebajikan mereka menerusi calon Barisan Nasional Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh jika diberikan peluang untuk menjadi Anggota Parlimen nanti.

“Saya tidak akan biarkan kawasan Kuala Terengganu. Memang pemergian Datuk Razali satu kehilangan yang besar, tetapi saya hadir hari ini dan serta beberapa hari yang lalu untuk terus sokong usaha calon kita. Sekiranya diberikan tempat nanti, apa yang dijanji akan terus ditunaikan,” katanya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau meminta pengundi di Kuala Terengganu termasuk warga pendidik supaya membuat pertimbangan yang wajar semasa hari pengundian nanti kerana ia akan turut melibatkan soal pendidikan anak-anak.

— BERNAMA

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A woman waits for customers at Pasar Payang. The stall owners had hoped for a boom with an influx of outsiders but this has yet to happen.
A woman waits for customers at Pasar Payang. The stall owners had hoped for a boom with an influx of outsiders but this has yet to happen.

KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): They sat hunched and dejected, swatting flies absent-mindedly as they waited for the next customer. The hundreds of stall owners at the sprawling Pasar Payang market had hoped for a sudden boom with the influx of outsiders but most were disappointed.

“Look around. This place is as silent as a graveyard,” said Mohd Johari Jaafar who sells salted fish.

He believes that the quiet atmosphere is due to people tightening their purse strings because of the sluggish economy.

“Based on past elections, business should be better. There are more people but not many are buying, that is the problem. It was only busy during nomination day,” he bemoaned.

But Johari has his fingers crossed that business will pick up when the campaign intensifies just before polling day.

His hopes are echoed by 50-year-old drink seller Safri Jalil.

“I’m sure there will be more people on polling day,” he said smiling, while hoping that Jan 17 will be a sunny day so that people “will buy my cold drinks”.

The only traders whose business has improved slightly are the keropok lekor and batik sellers.

Batik seller Ahmad Ridzuan, 30, said this could be because they were Terengganu’s most popular items.

“There are lots of window-shoppers but there are many who buy batik, too. They say it is beautiful,” he said.

Just like Johari and Safri, he expects outsiders to throng Pasir Payang next week, bringing in the windfall that they are all praying for

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