KUANTAN: The first Cabinet meeting held away from Putrajaya on Wednesday at the Pahang Foundation building in Tanjung Lumpur near here received the thumbs-up from several Government and community leaders.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the initiative had charted a new course taken by the country’s administration.
”This meeting is an innovative move in the context to foster closer ties between the Federal and state government.
”We believe Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will conduct similar meetings in other states in due course,” he said, adding the move should be appreciated and would receive the blessings of the grassroots.
MCA central committee member and Kuantan MCA division chief Datuk Ti Lian Ker lauded the organising of the high-profile meeting which coincided with the Chinese New Year celebrations this year.
“We are delighted to be selected as the first destination and to be surrounded by Cabinet members gives a vibrant and positive feeling for the local folks.
“There was a lot of excitement in the air as we ushered in the Year of the Rabbit with so many of the country’s leaders in town,” he said.
Teruntum assemblyman Chang Hong Seong also welcomed the VIPs congregation which could help boost economic activities and local tourism.
Pahang Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation chairman Datuk Johnny Ch’ng commended the authorities and police personnel for their professionalism in controlling traffic flow and in ensuring the meeting proceeded smoothly.
“I think we have set a good example for other towns to follow through,” he said, adding that more publicity was needed to inform locals of the important assembly.
The Cabinet meeting was the first held away from Putrajaya since Najib became the premier on April 3, 2009.
Najib, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Cabinet members also visited a project in Pekan which provided opportunities for participants to elevate themselves from poverty via self-sustainable economic activities such as agricultural, rearing of fish and poultry.