MELAKA: While overwhelmed with emotions, Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali thanked the people of Melaka, including the Opposition, for standing by him during his first year in office as Chief Minister.
Sulaiman noted his administration, which started on March 9,2020, had to deal with movement control order, water rationing and political instability in the state.
"My concern was whether I would earn the wrath of Melaka folks if I failed to be an effective Chief Minister, ” he said to Federal and Melaka government officials during an event to commemorate his year in office at a hotel here on Monday (April 12).
Sulaiman said he first resolved the water rationing exercise that started on Jan 29,2020 by finding alternative supplies and he managed to resume the normal supply on April 1, last year.
He said the MCO had led to various economic issues and impacted the local tourism industry.
“I had to outline various plans for these challenging times, including forgoing tax collections on stall rentals and approving RM20.5mil as financial aids as well as implementing 26 initiatives to help revive the businesses affected by Covid-19, ” he said.
Sulaiman said the political situation was also managed accordingly.
“However, I would have failed if not for the support from corporate leaders, civil servants, non-governmental organisations and the media," he said.
Sulaiman also paid tribute to the Opposition leaders in the state for rendering support by giving him positive inputs and working closely with him to ensure the wellbeing of the locals.
“I don’t consider the Opposition as my enemy and I have learned to accept them as my strategic partner throughout this one year, ”he said.
Sulaiman said the state managed to collect a revenue of RM393mil between March 2020 to the first three months of the year despite the Covid-19 crisis.
He said the state’s debts to the Federal Government was also reduced to RM175mil in one year.