VARIOUS non-governmental organisations in the state have joined in the congratulating and welcoming the new Pakatan Harapan government at both federal and state levels.
Representatives of the NGOs have expressed hope that they will be able to work together with the new administration to move forward and continue bringing development and making changes for the betterment of the country and its people.
Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) President Datuk Liew Sew Yee said he looks forward to working with the new state government in creating a business-friendly environment.
“This is an important change for our country and we will work alongside the new government under the new leadership of Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu and his team.
“PCCCI looks forward to having a more business-friendly government, with the implementation of government policies being streamlined,” he said.
“Over the past few years, the business community has been challenged with various regulatory burdens, which led to inefficiencies.
“PCCCI therefore hopes to have a close working relationship and better engagement with the state government to smoothen out the implementation of regulations,” he added.
Liew also welcomed the appointment of several Cabinet ministers at the federal level and hopes to see the new Federal Government bring about economic reforms that will boost the economy.
“We are also pleased to note the appointment of the Council of Eminent Persons. We congratulate all the appointed panel members.
“It is indeed an honour to serve the country with their vast experience and expertise in the various fields,” he said.
“With their knowledge and experience, we have full confidence that they will bring benefits to our country.
“PCCCI also wishes to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to the former Perak state government for their support and cooperation over the past years,” he added.
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Perak branch chairman Datuk Gan Tack Kong also conveyed the federation’s congratulations to Pakatan on winning the election and the swearing-in of Ahmad Faizal.
“We look forward to working closely with the new state government to enhance the state’s economy and investment climate.
“Over the years, FMM Perak has played a key role in the affairs of the state’s manufacturing community by participating actively in the various state government committees,” he said.
“The state Pemudah Committee, a special task force set up to facilitate business dealings, and the Industrial Park Management Committees with representatives from the public and private sectors, which are co-chaired by FMM Perak, have been actively working on improving the ease of doing business and infrastructure for industries in Perak,” he added.
Gan said he hopes that Ahmad Faizal will continue to lend his support to the business community in Perak and foster a close rapport between the public and private sector in the true spirit of a united Malaysia.
“We pledge support and cooperation to the new state government to further strengthen the governance and economy of Perak.
“Together with the state, we hope we can work together to attract more investors to set up industries along the Kinta Natural Gas Pipeline project, which is now being built from Ayer Tawar to Chemor,” he said, adding that the RM180mil project is set to be completed in the third quarter of next year.
Environmental NGO Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) field officer Meor Razak Meor Abdul Rahman said he hopes the state government will fulfil the promises under its state manifesto.
“We hope they can do so, especially on the items that are related to the environment and green technology,” he said.
“We are not against development but it must adhere to the existing policies and laws, ensuring both fauna and flora can be preserved,” he added.
Meor Razak said one of the state government’s priority should be looking into protecting a piece of land in Segari that was gazetted as a protected area to conserve the turtle landing site there.
“The sand mining activities there need to be stopped immediately.
“It contravenes the government’s Natural Physical Plan because it is a sensitive area,” he said.
Meor Razak said he hopes to pay a formal visit to Ahmad Faizal’s office to discuss ideas on the preservation of the state’s natural environment.
“We hope that with our input, the mentri besar can then take the necessary action to do what is necessary for good of the state and it’s natural heritage,” he said.