KUANTAN: The Pahang government will be forming a state economic action council (M-Ten) to deal with economic development issues that may arise post-Covid-19.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the setting up of the council was timely in an increasingly challenging economic and business environment.
“It is hoped that M-Ten, which will comprise economic figures like Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, will be able to help the state government not only in economic recovery but also boost its development to a higher level, ” he said at the one-day state assembly sitting on Monday.
Wan Rosdy expressed gratitude for the council’s proposal by Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Ibni Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Tengku Hassanal, in his pre-recorded speech, had called on Wan Rosdy to take immediate steps to gather experts so they could advice the state government.
He proposed the formation of M-Ten and also holding discussions with industry players, including small and medium-sized enterprises.
“I also urge the state government to be ready to face the expected new normal socio-economic environment. This is on top of the dampened global economy which will affect the country, ” said Tengku Hassanal.
Wan Rosdy also said the state government had implemented 22 initiatives to assist those affected by Covid-19 at a cost of RM24.34mil.He said the initiatives had benefitted 97,669 heads of households in the state but the efforts would not end there as the government was still considering which target groups should be helped in the fourth phase of relief packages.
During the sitting, Speaker Datuk Seri Ishak Muhamad said the state assembly had to be convened to fulfil the requirements under the Laws of the Constitution of Pahang even though it was contrary to the rules of the movement control order.
However, Ishak said precautions had been taken, including imposing a one-metre distance between the state assemblymen’s seats.
No official opening ceremony was held while everyone present had to have their temperatures taken.
“Face masks have to be worn. This is to avoid infection and to break the Covid-19 chain.
“I also did not invite the heads of departments this time to reduce the number of people in this chamber.
“We are adhering to the advice not to have too many people stay too long in an enclosed space, ” said Ishak.
He said the sitting duration had to be shortened with no question and answer session while the debate on the Regent’s speech was also not carried out.