Association adviser pays courtesy call on new governor

Mohd Ali giving Tan a copy of his autobiography as Tan’s wife, Datin Koh Bee Chu, looks on.

THE adviser of Melaka Newspaper Vendors Association paid a courtesy visit to Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam to congratulate him on his appointment as the 7th Yang-di Pertua Negeri of Melaka.

Mohd Ali was the chief minister in 1999 when Datuk Tan Hor Sam spearheaded numerous programmes for vernacular schools in the state.

On June 5, Ali took his oath of office, replacing Tun Khalil Yaakob.

Tan was seen reminiscing about the good old days with Mohd Ali at the Yang-di Pertua Negeri’s residence in Bukit Katil, Melaka.

Speaking the press later, Tan said he was delighted to be able to meet up with Mohd Ali again after more than two years.

The retired lawyer said he had tried on several occasions to get an appointment earlier but due to the movement control order and Mohd Ali’s busy schedule, it had to be put on hold.

“Finally, I managed to congratulate him personally and took a picture as a memento.

“We spoke on many issues even though we had to adhere to strict guidelines, including physical distancing, during the visit, ” he said.

Tan said their relationship went back many years and that Mohd Ali was very supportive of various programmes for the community.

Mohd Ali also presented him with his autobiography.

Currently, Tan is honorary chairman and adviser of more than 20 associations, including sports, clan, religious, cultural and education bodies.

The father of three had managed a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur for 18 years since 1977 before moving to the state.

The British-educated Tan had also helped in the construction of new buildings for vernacular schools in Kuala Linggi and Kuala Lumpur.

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