KUALA TERENGGANU: Dungun district officer Datuk Muhatar Abdullah, 51, is the new Terengganu state secretary.
He took over the post yesterday from Datuk Ku Abdul Azah Syed Alwee, 56, who has retired.
Mentri Besar Datuk Idris Jusoh witnessed the handing-over of duties at his office at the 16th floor of the state secretariat at Wisma Darul Iman yesterday.
“Ku Abdul Azah has reached the mandatory retirement age and it also coincides with the new Barisan Nasional government taking office,” Idris said after the ceremony.
Muhatar said he would strive to improve the government’s delivery system so that it would bring maximum benefits to the people.
“I’m ready to face the challenges and fulfil the visions of the new Mentri Besar,” he added.
Muhatar holds a Masters degree in Town Planning from the University of Wales and Bachelors’ degree in Economics from Universiti Malaya.
Ku Abdul Azah, 56, who held the post for two years and three months under the PAS state government, said he performed his duties as stipulated by the General Orders.
“The General Orders specified that civil servants must be loyal to the Government of the day although they might have their own political leanings,” he added.
Ku Abdul Azah said among the challenges he faced were the limited funds available to implement projects under the previous state government.
Earlier, Idris chaired his first exco meeting following his swearing-in as Mentri Besar last Thursday.
He directed all municipal councils in the state to stress on cleanliness, saying it was important for the state to project a clean image.
“This will help the tourism industry. Emphasis should also be given to public toilets,'' he added.
Idris said he had also directed that 24 garbage trucks be bought to facilitate proper disposal of garbage.