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Pahang: New MB Wants To Cut Red Tape, Continue Mega Projects

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KUANTAN- Newly-appointed Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail has pledged to review regulations and procedures to reduce red tape in ensuring a smooth delivery system.

The four-term Jelai assemblyman said the state government will give consent to relevant officers to provide immediate approval to help expedite the process, rather than wait for the Menteri Besar’s approval which would usually take a long time.

“I believe there are certain processes that we can introduce to shorten or reduce the excessive administrative procedures as long as it does not go against the law. I will discuss with the State Secretary (Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail) and the legal advisers.

“For example, if the process only involves replacing aging assets then I will give the authority to the State Secretary or other related officers to give their approval….the Menter Besar has a lot of other matters including meetings to attend.

“I believe this will speed up the process and a decision could be made within a shorter time,” he told reporters after clocking in for his first day as Pahang Menteri Besar at Wisma Sri Pahang today.

He said the effort which will be carried out in his first two years in office would improve the quality of the state government’s public service process and it would ensure certain matters could be sorted out faster.

Meanwhile, Wan Rosdy said he will chair his first state executive council meeting next Wednesday (May 23) where the portfolios of the eight-member state line-up would be announced.

“We have a mixed line-up consisting of some experienced and fresh faces who will be able to work closely and provide the best for the people,” he said.

On the fate of the mega projects in Pahang, Wan Rosdy said the Barisan Nasional state government is looking forward to work closely with the Pakatan Harapan-led federal government especially in ensuring the continuity of the projects.

“Projects like the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) should be continued as they were planned for the benefit of the people. We (state administration) are looking forward to work closely with the federal government.

“As far as the state government is concerned we will go ahead with all the projects that had been previously planned and I hope the federal government will continue the projects in Pahang….because the projects were planned for the people,” he said.

On how the state government planned to settle its massive debts to the federal government, amounting to some RM3 billion, Wan Rosdy said he would have to first study the situation before implementing the necessary steps to address the matter.

“It is my first day in office…..but we will certainly look into efforts to reduce the debts. We have to also ensure whatever measure taken will not burden the people,” he said.

Earlier, Wan Rosdy was taken on a tour of the state administrative complex at Block B and visited various agencies at the complex, before heading to Block A, where his new office is located.

Wan Rosdy, who is also the Cameron Highlands Umno division chairman, was sworn in as Menteri Besar at Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan yesterday.

He replaced Pelangai assemblyman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob who had served as the Pahang Menteri Besar since May 25, 1999.- New Straits Times

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