MELAKA: Melaka is the most politically stable state in the country, says the new Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh (pic).
He said that it was wrong to state that the state is in turmoil due to recent developments.
"We would not have secured a thumping victory in the state election in November 2021 if the political landscape was shaky," Ab Rauf said during a press conference after he was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister at the office of Yang di-Pertua Tun Dr Mohd Ali Rustam on Friday (March 31).
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He described the previous issues among (Barisan Nasional) assemblymen as "a quarrel between husband and wife" that had been blown out of proportion.
"The political situation in the state has improved significantly after the Umno division elections (in early March).”
He also thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for entrusting him to helm the state.
Ab Rauf said he would also appoint his new state executive committee line-up within 48 hours.
Asked if he would be appointing any of the four DAP assemblymen in his line-up, Ab Rauf said he had yet to get an indication of the matter (from his party's leadership).
Ab Rauf said he would create a business and investor-friendly atmosphere in the state to ensure paradigm changes in its fiscal growth.
He said the administrative and development legacy of his predecessor Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali would be continued.
"I express my gratitude to Sulaiman for his contributions since taking the helm as chief minister in March 2020.
"I will now focus on continuing plans Sulaiman put in place," he said.
Ab Rauf also said vast pieces of land in the Alor Gajah and Masjid Tanah corridor would be allocated for industrial purposes.
He also said he would focus on constructing a paediatric hospital and addressing traffic congestion in the city.