Prime Minister Najib and deputy Muhyiddin will be in Terengganu Saturday, meeting Umno state officials and attending mass gathering with the rakyat. Some ministers will join them, including Home Minister Hishammuddin and Defense' Zahid.
Many would question the motive for such a big trip to the eastern state. Some even suggested that it will be an interlude to the next national poll, which is to be expected later this year of latest by mid 2012.
Whatever the perceptions are, Terengganu needs special attention, especially this time around. Some problems plaguing the state's Umno has been 'swept under the carpet' and this has led to members' displeasure.
I am worried with reports and indications about the possibility of Terengganu coming under the Oppositon again in the next general election. The oil-rich state may look stable on the surface but some ugly episodes which saw Umno and BN supporter going for a split after 2008 polls, need special attention from the leaders.
As Sarawak state election on April 16 denounced BN campaign mechanism which saw DAP and PKR added eight more state seats, both Federal and State governments cannot deny the fact that no matter how much we 'attack' DAP and Anwar Ibrahim, the voters still got the final say.
Perhaps something needs to be rewritten. In Terengganu, captivating the mindset of the majority Malays should emphasis more on their local needs rather that offering them national political sentiments. More bridging can be done to help the rural folks uplift their standard of living. To them, bread and butter is the main issue, and not Anwar Ibrahim.
Terengganu MB Ahmad Said, on the other hand, should also 'turun padang' and not just listening or reading reports fed by Umno division heads. Some of them are good liars, elsewhere too.
However, the problem with top leadership is, some refuse to attend to 'bad and unpleasant' news as it will to their existing problems. In previous elections, this attitude saw some 'wakil rakyat' lost their seats.
So, Terengganu is undoubtedly the best platform for the PTP (Program Turun Padang). Attend to Umno first before going back to BN drawboard.