KUANTAN: The Pahang caretaker government will continue to care for the needs of the people until a new government assumes office after the general election.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said all former Barisan Nasional assemblymen would not run away from their responsibilities to service the people.
“In fact, we have been working for the people throughout since the last elections right up to the dissolution of the Parliament.
“We do not work just because of the general election and would continue our services regardless of whether we are still a YB (Yang Berhormat) or not,” he said after chairing the last state executive councillors meeting in the Pahang Foundation building here on Wednesday.
The meeting which started at about 2.30pm ended more than three hours later.
Adnan said the meeting was a normal affair to discuss basic administrative duties without delving on any major decisions or financial matters.
“As you can see, the files are not as thick as other Wednesdays.
“As for the list of candidates, all have been sorted out including the swapping of seats among Barisan component parties, however it is still subject to some last minute changes,” he said.
Adnan said there would not be many new faces but as far as he was concerned, all of those nominated to contest were “winnable” candidates.
He said despite the dissolution of the state assembly, all the former Barisan assemblymen would continue to work on the ground and attend to the people’s woes.
“I am satisfied with the work carried out by all Barisan assemblymen, executive councillors and heads of department over the past five years.
“If given the mandate by the people to return to power under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, I am confident more can be done for the people and country,” he said, adding that he was proud that the state government was “politically stable” and had done well in terms of education, welfare and investment.
He added that most of the pledges had been fulfilled and urged the people to exercise their rights to vote wisely.
On the dissolution of Pahang assembly, Adnan said he had an audience with the state ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah at Istana Mahkota, who had given his consent, ahead of its automatic dissolution on April 7.
“The ruler expressed his hope to see a smooth election process without any untoward incident.
“The royal consent will pave the way to synchronise with the dissolution of the Parliament as announced by Prime Minister,” he said.
Adnan said all the necessary documentation related to the dissolution had been prepared and the state assembly speaker would notify the Elections Commission before it was gazetted officially.