From activist to agrotech advocate



AT the age of just 32, little did he anticipate that he would become the newly-minted Penang executive council member after winning the Pantai Jerejak state seat in the recently concluded state polls on Aug 12.


As the youngest state executive council member in the current line-up, Fahmi Zainol is eager to contribute his utmost alongside his more seasoned colleagues.


A former student activist at the University Malaya (UM) in 2014, Fahmi now faces the challenging task of serving as the chairman of the state’s Agrotechnology, Food Security and Cooperative Development Committee – a formidable responsibility for a political newcomer.


His portfolio demands that he elevate the state’s standing, a particularly significant task given Penang’s strong status in the agrotechnology and food security domain.


“Of course, I am happy after being appointed to helm this position. This is a trust given by the Penang government under the leadership of Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. I will strive my best to lift the state’s agriculture sector to greater heights.

Fahmi speaking to Buletin Mutiara during an interview.


“I was genuinely taken aback by the news of my appointment. I did not expect to take charge of this portfolio at all.


“I hope to continue the momentum generated by my predecessor Dr Norlela Ariffin in propelling agricultural growth and strengthening Penang’s rice production.


“We have a few initiatives in the pipeline to lift up the industry, and I welcome collaboration with the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for such effort,” said Fahmi, who hails from Jelutong, during an interview session with Buletin Mutiara at his office in Komtar recently.



Emphasising the importance of youths’ involvement in agriculture, Fahmi expressed his hopes that more of them would venture into this industry.



“We hope to see a greater number of youths joining our programmes in the future,” he added.



Having previously served as a councillor for Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), Fahmi hopes his experiences gained in the local council will offer valuable insights.



“My understanding of the local authorities will also help me to carry out my responsibilities to foster progress and development in the state,” he said.





Story by Edmund Lee
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad