SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 5, 2016:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah passed his first test after listening to the latter’s first speech as Kedah Menteri Besar today.
In what is seen as Najib’s sign of approval, the Prime Minister also approved allocation to build a business complex for traders and hawkers in Sungai Petani, as requested by Ahmad Bashah.
“If I do not answer his request, people will say I do not approve of him.
“Since this is his maiden speech, it’s only right for me to make an affirmation, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to sleep,” said Najib when officiating the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here today.
“So I would like to say I approve this RM15 million allocation. Do the best. As long as our intentions are good, help the traders who are currently all over the place, let us gather them in one location,” he noted. He also said the UTC in Kedah is getting RM15 million allocation, hence, the state is actually getting RM30 million in total.
Ahmad Bashah, a former Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, in his speech earlier, had applied for a special allocation of RM15 million.
He explained that when he was holding the deputy minister post, the Prime Minister had instructed him to carry out transformation for businessmen and small traders and he had promised to carry out the duty.
“When I came back to Kedah, the first thing is I remembered was the promise made to these traders, those who were selling their products on the sidewalk, maybe in stalls. We want to make sure that their businesses are transformed.
” I am asking for not much, Datuk Seri because I know this is my first speech. This is your first visit here (Kedah) after the change in Menteri Besar.
“I am asking for some RM15 million for us to relocate the traders and petty traders. I believe with this allocation, it will give a social impact and directly benefit them, as well as the folks in Sungai Petani,” he explained.