KUANTAN: The state government is encouraging movies that carry patriotic messages to be filmed in Pahang.
When replying to Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (PAS Jengka) at the state assembly yesterday, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said movie productions that could attract more visitors to Pahang were also encouraged.
State Cultural, Arts, Tourism and Women's Affairs committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlan said more benefits could be obtained if filming was done in the state.
She cited the recent filming of Suhaimi Babas movie Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam at Sungai Lembing here as an example where 80 locals had worked as extras while another 20 were involved in the making and setting up of props.
She also said the state government produced videos and CDs on Pahangs tourist attractions which were used during promotional campaigns in the country and abroad.
Adnan also acknowledged that certain decisions involving the operations of several of its public-listed companies were not all the time correct.
There are times when the management of the companies make the right decisions and there are also times when there are bad ones.
However, the most important thing is they have tried their best to ensure that every investment results in good returns, he said when replying to a question by Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak (BN Benta).
On state-owned companies that had problems, Adnan said efforts taken to revive them included a restructuring exercise and injection of capital or property.
He added that the state needed a bit more time before companies like Far East Holdings, Kurnia Setia Bhd, Pasdec Holdings and Mentiga Corp could operate more effectively.
State Rural Development, Settlers Affairs and Co-ordination of Non-Governmental Organisations committee chairman Datuk Shahiruddin Ab Moin said there were 269 vacant lots in Felda land schemes.
Candidates who have submitted their applications were interviewed in September 1996.
The list of the successful applicants has been given to the state government in 1997 and to date, Felda is awaiting approval from the Federal Government, he said to a question by Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan (BN Batu Talam).
State Social Welfare, Unity and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Datuk Law Kee Long said the number of registered drug addicts had dropped from 3,333 in 1998 to 1,414 last year.
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