KUANTAN: Permodalan Nasional Berhad's (PNB) get-to-know programme with the 1,500 villagers of Kampung Sungai Karan Darat recently turned out to be a memorable one for state secretary Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Salleh.
The guest of honour, Wan Abdullah, could not help divert from his original text.
He is a son of the village and had left it in 1967 to further his studies and work in the civil service. He was posted back to Pahang in 1993.
He related how he used to board a public bus to Kuantan town and back for 40 sen.
If we made a deal with the bus driver, we could even save 20 sen.
Thats why the bus firm folded up much later, he said to the amusement of the villagers, many of whom were second and third generation residents.
Wan Abdullah, who was supposed to retire on March 20, said he decided to stay on until the end of the year to sort out certain matters.
I shall be able to rest in my own rustic house which I bought in a neighbouring village by then.
Bringing up the time he had chanced upon a group of youths revving their motorcycles near a Muslim burial ground in the village, he said: I think as villagers we should teach our youths the proper attributes regardless of whether they were our own children.
Also present during the event were PNB president and group chief executive Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman, Indera Mahkota MP Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat, Kuantan district officer Datuk Muhammad Ubaidullah and Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd executive director Idris Kechot.
Later, Wan Abdullah presented prizes to winners of competitions held in conjunction with the programme.
He also visited a Kemas kindergarten in the village that had been upgraded with a new coat of paint and other facilities. The staff and children celebrated his birthday by presenting him with a cake, which he duly cut and distributed to the other VIPs.