CAMERON HIGHLANDS — Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said he would hold four portfolios in the new state executive council.
The four portfolios are Financial Planning; Land and Natural Resources; Investment, Industrialisation and Economy; Rural Development and Orang Asli Affairs; and Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Plantations and Biotechnology.
However, he said, this would only be temporary before Pahang Regent Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah consents to the proposal to add two more exco members to the eight members at present as allowed under the Pahang state constitution.
“The proposal to appoint two more exco members has been submitted to Tengku Abdullah and if he consents to it, I will relinquish two of the portfolios that I am holding,” he said after chairing the first exco meeting after the general election held at the Cameron Highlands Land and District Office. Also present was State Secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad
Wan Rosdy also announced three new faces in the exco line-up.
Datuk Nazri Ngah, the assemblyman for Pulau Tawar was appointed Felda Affairs, Cooperatives, Entrepreneurs and Consumerism Committee chairman, while Datuk Mohammad Fakhruddin Mohd Ariff (Bebar) was appointed Science, Green Technology, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman and Abd Rahim Muda (Lepar) was named Local Government and Housing Committee chairman.
Exco members from the previous term who were reappointed include Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin (Tourism, Environment and Non-Governmental Organisations) and Datuk Seri Shahaniza Shamsuddin (Kuala Sentul, Culture, Unity, Social Welfare and Women and Family Development).
The others were Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad (Kerdau, Islamic Religious Affairs, Education and Health); Datuk Seri Norol Azali Sulaiman (Guai, Basic Amenities, Public Delivery System and Innovation) and Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Hussain (Tioman, Human Resources, Youth and Sports).
Wan Rosdy said the appointments took into account the background, capability and experience of the exco members, especially those reappointed.
“For example, Abd Rahim had served with the Kuantan municipal council and Mohammad Fakhruddin was an engineer,” Bernama quoted him as saying.
In Kuala Pilah, 10 Negri Sembilan state executive councillors took their oath of office before Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir at Istana Besar Seri Menanti.
They comprise five DAP, three PKR and two Amanah elected representatives.
The DAP councillors are Teo Kok Seong (Bahau); J. Arul Kumar (Nilai); Choo Ken Hwa (Lukut); S. Veerapan (Repah) and Nicole Tan Lee Koon (Bukit Kepayang). Those from PKR are Mohamad Nazarudin Sabtu (Pilah); Dr Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek (Ampangan) and Ismail Ahmad (Labu); while Mohamad Taufek Abd Ghani (Paroi) and Bakri Sawir (Klawang) are from Amanah.
Tuanku Muhriz handed the letters of appointment and the councillors signed the oath of office, loyalty and secrecy.
The portfolios of the councillors are expected to be determined at the first meeting of the state executive council to be chaired by the Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun today.
Tuanku Muhriz, in his address, congratulated the assemblymen.
“The appointment must be taken as a challenge for, besides being elected representatives in your constituencies, you have the responsibility to draft the policies and direction of Negri Sembilan. You must discharge your responsibility with honesty, fairness and professionalism,” he said.
Tuanku Muhriz reminded the councillors not to abuse their power for the sake of their own, family or friends’ interests, especially when making decisions involving government tenders or projects.