PEKAN,. The next two years will be a test for new Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, given that the Federal Government is no longer held by Barisan Nasional.
In an unusual move, Wan Rosdy’s term was only set for two years rather than the customary full term.
As the chief executive of an Opposition state government, Wan Rosdy said he will cooperate with the Pakatan Harapan government.
“There are many things we have to discuss with the Federal Government,” the Jelai assemblyman said shortly after being sworn in before the Regent of Pahang Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah in a ceremony at Istana Abu Bakar here yesterday.
Also sworn in were eight state executive council members.
Pahang is one of only three states left under Barisan control after the 14th General Election.
Although Barisan remains as the state government, it suffered huge losses, with its share reduced to 25 out of the 42 seats in the state assembly. Before GE14, it held 30 state seats.
Wan Rosdy said he would set out to regain the confidence of the people in Barisan.
In his speech, Tengku Abdullah advised the new administration to seek common ground first with the Federal Government.
“The differences can be sorted out later. I hope the cooperation between the state government and the Federal Government will see Pahang develop alongside the other states,” he said.
The Regent also told all assemblymen to set aside any conflicts and work together as a team for the sake of the people of Pahang.
“Open a new chapter. Work with the Federal Government. Do not let the different political ideologies be a roadblock,” he said.
Wan Rosdy replaced Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, who had served four terms as Mentri Besar. His appointment came as a surprise as Adnan was widely expected to resume his duties for another term.
Adnan explained that it was time for him to step down when asked why he was not reappointed.
“I have been around for so long. I think it’s about time for me to bow out gracefully.
“I don’t see any particular reason in me not being reappointed,” he said.
Adnan described his successor as an honest, trustworthy and sincere man.
“I am thankful Wan Rosdy is my replacement. He served as an exco member under me for two terms.
“I believe he can do better. As the former mentri besar, I will fully support his administration and help him where I can,” said Adnan.
As for his plans from now on, Adnan said he could perhaps play a role in communicating with the Federal Government.
“We need cooperation from the Federal Government. We need allocations and projects. I can contribute in that manner,” he added.
Adnan also thanked the people of Pahang and apologised for any mistakes he might have made during his tenure.