MARANG: A breakthrough in Umno-Pas relations was achieved today when Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang attended a function organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry.
Greeted by Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Hadi, wearing a terendak, witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fisheries Department and Petronas.
Under the MoU, Petronas would dispose of its old oil rigs by fabricating them into artificial reefs and sink them at strategic locations within Terengganu waters.
Shabery said Hadi's presence was nostalgic and relived a memory 30 years ago when he met the Pas leader for the first time in Pulau Kapas and learned a lot about coastal fishing.
"He is a true fisherman. He knows where the fish are at sea, the type of fish and the technique to catch fish.
"Hadi and the sea cannot be separated. It is not just a hobby for him but he has a lot of secrets to share," he added.
Shabery quipped that Hadi was among the first people to meet him when he assumed the post of Agricuture and Agro-based Minister.
"He (Hadi) had less interest in my portfolio when I was the Multimedia and Communications Minister," he joked.