MELAKA: Messages are circulating on social media saying that former Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam (pic) is set to be named the state's seventh Yang-di Pertua (Governor).
Congratulatory messages have been also flooding local WhatsApp groups since Wednesday (May 13).
The speculation over Melaka getting a new governor gained strength after a key leader from Perikatan Nasional posted on the matter in his Facebook page on Friday (May 15).
The lawmaker said in his post that new things were happening in Melaka this year – from the change in state government to a probable change in governorship.
His post drew brickbats from the Oppositions in the state, who said it was premature to speculate on such a thing as it was disrespectful to current Governor Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob, who has been in office since 2004.
Meanwhile, an insider said Khalil would be ending his tenure in June, and that preparations were now being made to conduct an official ceremony to welcome the new governor.
It's also learnt that Mohd Ali's name was recommended by Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali.
Mohd Ali, 70, was the ninth Melaka Chief Minister from 1999 to 2013. He contested in the Hang Tuah Jaya parliamentary constituency in the 2013 general election and was defeated by PKR's Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin.
However, an aide to Mohd Ali said it was too early to say, even though his boss' name was on the top of the list.
He said the appointment would depend on the federal leadership, although the state government had recommended Mohd Ali's name.
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