MALACCA: An announcement that the public could take home the fresh flowers placed on tables at the recent national Christmas open house here resulted in guests carrying away 2,000 flower pots worth RM100,000.
The municipal council, which placed the flower pots at the function at Hang Tuah Mall four days ago, now wants the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry to compensate because the master of ceremonies who made the announcement is from the ministry.
Outgoing council president Datuk Md Sirat Abu said one giant pot of flowers cost about RM20,000. The matter was raised during a monthly council meeting on Monday, which was also the last day for Md Sirat to chair the meeting.
Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who supported the council's move to seek the compensation from the ministry, said he hoped those who had taken home the plants would return them to the council and assured that no action would be taken against them.
He was speaking to reporters after witnessing Zaini Md Nor taking the oath as the new council president from today.
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