KUANTAN: The term anti-government does not constitute criticising or finding fault with the Government, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob stressed.
He explained that anti-government sentiments meant indications of disloyalty to the Government such as acts of terrorism and extremism that could have adverse effects on national security.
Referring to local students in the Middle East who were inclined towards terrorism, he told the Pahang State Assembly yesterday that this group, when they returned home, could bring in unfavourable influence.
Adnan was replying to a supplementary question from Abdul Malik Jusoh (PAS Tahan), who sought an explanation on the definition of anti-government, asking whether criticising the Government was seen as being so.
Earlier, replying to a question from Redzwan Harun (BN Sanggang), Adnan said the state government held an Arabic language programme and patriotism courses for Pahang students bound for Middle Eastern countries.
Officers are also sent to monitor the activities of state-sponsored students and terminate their scholarships in they are found to be involved in anti-government movements, he added.
On the economic effects suffered by Pahang following the war in Iraq, Adnan said business ties with the United States were still intact.
We do not have to worry about the trade ties and we can see that no US-based company in the state has closed down or withdrawn its capital, he told Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak (BN Benta).
State Public Amenities and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Omar Othman said many of the infrastructure projects in Pahang were awarded by the Federal Government and that the state government only monitored the progress of the construction works once they had started.
He said some of these projects were in the list of ailing projects such as the building of schools.
Contractors awarded the projects are appointed by the Federal Government and the state government does not know who the people are.
The state government and Public Works Department only monitor the progress of these projects once work start, he said in reply to a supplementary question by Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak (BN Benta).
Among the factors causing the delay of projects were lack of capital and workers, weather uncertainties and taking on too many projects at one time.