KOTA BARU - Barisan Nasional need not contest the Chempaka state seat that was left vacant by former Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Kelantan BN chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad said.
Instead, he said, it should focus on the projects to help flood victims after the massive floods that devastated Kelantan last December.
"I am of the opinion that should Barisan fight for the seat, it would lead to tension and its divisive nature during the by-election.
"To avoid such acrimony, it is better to concentrate on the endless efforts to help rebuild Kelantan after the floods.
"This is my personal view and the decision on whether Barisan will contest the seat will depend on the discussions between the Pengkalan Chepa Umno division, state liaison committee and party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak," Mustapa, who is also the International Trade and Industry Minister told reporters here yesterday.
Mustapa added that it was too early to talk about the by-election because the late Tok Guru had just passed away and been buried.
"On a personal note, Barisan need not contest for the seat and it was better to focus on rebuilding Kelantan as there are thousands of tasks to be carried out.
"And what can we gain if there is friction between politicians and the people if there was a contest for the by-election.
"I will be meeting the Pengkalan Chepa Umno division next week to discuss the matter in detail," he said.
Pengkalan Chepa Umno division chief Zaluzi Sulaiman, when contacted, said the division would leave the decision on whether or not to contest the seat in the by-election to top leaders.
Meanwhile, MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan has conveyed his condolences to the family of the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat over the PAS spiritual leader's death.
"Although MCA and PAS have different political ideologies, it is undeniable that Nik Abdul Aziz had held firmly on to his principles and what he believed in.
"With Nik Aziz's departure, may Malaysians commemorate his contribution towards Kelantan, Malaysia and the rakyat," he said in a statement yesterday.