ALOR SETAR, Feb 5 – Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah has his hands full soon after being sworn on yesterday as the new menteri besar of Kedah. He will welcome to Kedah Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is making a working visit to the rice-bowl state on Friday.
Ahmad Bashah told Bernama at Bangunan Tunku here on Thursday that he have a whole day with the Prime Minister on Friday. He said he will be able to raise many matters with him. Najib is scheduled to open Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Paya Besar in Lunas and the urban transformation centre in Sungai Petani. Ahmad Bashah said he would ensure that development in Kedah was in tandem with the development plans of the federal government.
He said Kedah was an agricultural state that had been associated with poverty and, as such, there was a need to balance agricultural and industrial development. Ahmad Bashah, 66, was sworn on Thursday as the 12th menteri besar of Kedah following the resignation on Wednesday of Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir who lost majority support in the state legislative assembly. — BERNAMA