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SETIU – The RM67.2 million sewage project in Pulau Redang, aimed at maintaining cleanliness of the resort island, is expected to be ready in three years, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman.

He said tender for the project, involving building and upgrading of existing sewage treatment system at 13 hotels and chalets, would be called this August.

“The project, when completed, is capable of addressing various problems often raised by the hotel operators. Drainage problems will be solved.

“However, for the time being, I have instructed the local authority to look into a short-term solution to address the problems,” he told Bernama after a visit to Pulau Redang recently.

In a related development, Ahmad Razif said the state government had decided to build a new jetty at Kampung Teluk Bakau here. The project is expected to cost RM4.5 million.

He said a task force would be set up to monitor cleanliness at Pulau Redang, Pulau Bidong and Pulau Lang Tengah. – BERNAMA

KUALA TERENGGANU – Terengganu UMNO will be implementing a simulation to test the preparation of the party’s machinery in facing the 14th General Election (GE14), on April 14.

Terengganu UMNO State Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the simulation would be held periodically until the exact date of the general election was announced.

“We are confident that our election machinery are well-prepared and ready to face GE14 anytime now following the structured work and strategies, as well as the District Polling Centre competition that was held recently,” he said.

Ahmad Razif, who is also the Terengganu Menteri Besar, was speaking at the
Terengganu-level UMNO Branches Group Conference which was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi here today.

Also present were State Speaker Datuk Zubir Embong and Besut assemblyman Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who is also UMNO Supreme Council Member.

Ahmad Razif said all State UMNO leadership would work together in their bid to strengthen the three principles, namely occupation, housing and income (3P) in ensuring that the people of the state would continue to choose UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN).

“Let us create a success story with this 3P together with me and UMNO leadership to repeat the history of UMNO victory in the past, at the same time to ensure that all state and parliamentary seats will be back to BN,” he added. – BERNAMA

KUALA TERENGGANU – The Terengganu government has no intention to sell its stake in Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) as there is no requirement to do so.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the stake was fully funded through Terengganu Islamic Foundation’s (YIS) profits, which were derived from its investments without involving state funds or loans from any quarters.

“So, why we have to sell the stock as we are getting dividends every year? If we continue to hold the investment, we will eventually get back our capital, The stock is an asset and investment that can help the next generation.

“The state government will not be swayed by other parties who sell FGV shares because there is no need to do. Instead, we will continue to hold the stock as an investment,” he said.

He was commenting on a call from Terengganu PAS Felda Affairs Chairman Naraza Muda for the state government to sell its stake in FGV in order to minimise the risk of making bigger losses.

Meanwhile, in a statement, YIT said it had garnered profits exceeding RM200 million from 1990 to 2016 and received RM7.26 million dividends from FGV.

It said the FGV current asset value of RM1.70 per share did not reflect its true value and it was optimistic of a positive development soon.

“YIT is confident that FGV will be able to pay a higher dividend as the CPO price has risen above RM3,000 per tonne, while its share price has increased from RM1.20 to RM1.90.

“In 2016, YIT made a profit of RM12.3 million and in 2017, the profit is expected to reach at least RM10 million,” the statement said.

YIT, which owns a 12-storey tower, has built shop lots in major town across the state for rent at lower rates to Malay entrepreneurs. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman has been admitted to a private hospital after he is believed to have fallen during training at an equestrian centre here today.

Ahmad Razif is reported to be in stable condition and is required to rest, said a statement issued by the Office of the Terengganu Menteri Besar in Kuala Terengganu.

The statement also said that all programmes of Ahmad Razif have been postponed indefinitely.

“Let’s all pray for the speedy recovery of Yang Amat Berhormat,” it added.

The statement said Ahmad Razif requires to be under the supervision of doctors for at least 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a Facebook post by Ahmad Razif’s special officer Ahmad Fauzan Abd Kadir said the menteri besar was in stable condition at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

“Nothing serious happened to Menteri Besar Terengganu. He is now having a treatment under doctor’s surveillance at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He is in good condition. Thank you for all the wishes and prayers,” the post said.

It is learnt that Ahmad Razif was admitted to the hospital at about 11am following the accident at the equestrian centre. – BERNAMA