Selasa, 3 Ogos 2010

Keda’s future in ministry’s hands

THE Kedah Development Autho–rity (Keda) may be closed down if there is no agreement to renew the state government’s 10-year contract with the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said there were about 10 months remaining in the 10-year contract.

“We do not want the Keda contract terminated. We hope there will be a new agreement soon,” he said at a press conference after attending the state assembly sitting here yesterday.

He added that the state government had not received any reply from Keda or the ministry on several names it had proposed to be included in Keda’s administration.

The matter regarding Keda was mentioned by state exco member Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah in his answer to a supplementary question from Yahya Abdullah (PAS - Jeneri) on land for Felda and Felcra settlers.

Amiruddin said that since Pakatan Rakyat took over after the 2008 general election, there had not been any agreement on the future of Keda.

When met after the sitting, Amiruddin said the state had requested that a state government officer be appointed as Keda deputy general manager; and for the state secretary, the state financial officer and two professionals to be included in the board of directors.

He added that although Keda had verbally agreed to the request by the state, there had been no official confirmation on the matter.

The Keda contract expires on May 28 next year.

Keda was set up on May 28, 1981 to expedite social economic development in the Keda area, which covers 8,279 sq km or about 89% of the state’s land.

As an agency under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, Keda is tasked with, among other things, eradicating poverty, improving infrastructure and basic amenities and promoting village industries and entrepreneurship.

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