‘I need to start work at once’

13th Chief Minister: Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali (left) receiving the Instrument of Office from Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Ali Rustam during the swearing-in ceremony in Ayer Keroh. — Bernama

MELAKA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali is a man in a hurry to complete unfinished tasks as soon as possible and that was the reason for the swearing-in ceremony being held in the wee hours of yesterday morning.

The Lendu assemblyman said he had to get a slew of things moving after his earlier administration collapsed due to the political turmoil since July this year.

“I need to start work at once and complete the unfinished tasks as well as need to attend meetings at the federal level,” he said yesterday.

The Melaka Chief Minister also said the matter was expedited as there is a meeting of Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers scheduled for tomorrow, followed by a Conference of Rulers meeting.

Sulaiman was earlier sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Melaka.

He took the oaths of office before Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Ali Rustam, just hours after Barisan Nasional secured a landslide victory in the Melaka state election.

Also present were Mohd Ali’s wife Toh Puan Asmah Abd Rahman, Prime Minister and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and Barisan’s Advisory Board chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

This is the second time Sulaiman, 55, has been appointed the Melaka Chief Minister, after having been sworn in the first time in March last year after the then Chief Minister Adly Zahari lost the majority support in the state assembly.

Barisan formed the Melaka government after winning 21 of the 28 seats contested in the state election.

Sulaiman also said the state executive council line-up for the new administration would be announced next week.

He said he would study the matter before discussing it with Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

“Insya-Allah I will announce the matter after considering (each Exco’s) aspects, abilities and experience for every portfolio. I will appoint (them) from among those who won the 21 state seats.

“After that’s done, I will seek a discussion with Tuan Yang Terutama Tun,” he said.

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