Melaka CM warns state officials not to squabble amongst themselves


MELAKA: Top Melaka officials have been told not to smear the reputation of the state government through misleading media statements and social media posts.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said the key government officials should be more responsible and sensitive when issuing media statements especially during this digital age to avoid any confusions among the grassroots.

"I like to remind all civil servants (both state and Federal) to be mindful and exercise a high level of integrity when issuing statements, including posts in social media.

"Don't embarrass or tarnish the goodwill of the state government," he said in his speech during the monthly gathering of civil servants and launching of funds for Hari Pahlawan 2022 at Seri Negeri on Friday (Aug 12).

His speech was read by Melaka works, transport, public infrastructure and flood mitigation committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman.

Sulaiman was believed to be referring to a recent incident where Melaka police and the state domestic trade and consumer ministry ended up at loggerheads over who was behind the success of a seizure involving subsidised diesel.

The Star on Aug 6 reported that police had announced that they had conducted a 2pm raid on Aug 4 which resulted in the recovery of subsidised fuel worth RM186,000 at a store in Krubong.

However, the state domestic trade and consumer ministry had an earlier media briefing claiming that their personnel conducted a two-week surveillance on the syndicate before embarking on the seizure.

This led to Melaka police saying it was unfair for their men to be "sidelined".

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