IPOH: New Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh should focus on promoting the state's tourism industry, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Deputy Prime Minister said he also hoped that Ab Rauf would be able to attract more investors to the state.
"He will continue the good work of former chief ministers as well as bring better changes to the state.
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"There are many investment opportunities in Melaka that can contribute to the state's economy. So we hope Ab Rauf will work on that too," the Umno president told reporters during the Santunan Kasih Ramadan at Sekolah Izzudin Shah here on Friday (March 31).
Earlier, Ab Rauf, who is Melaka Umno chairman and Tanjung Bidara assemblyman, was sworn in as the 13th Melaka Chief Minister at the office of Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Dr Mohd Ali Rustam at 3.30pm in Ayer Keroh, Melaka.
On March 29, Lendu assemblyman Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali stepped down as chief minister.
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On another matter, Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Rural and Regional Development Minister, said the ministry will be focusing on the development of rural areas in Perak.
"Among the issues are the infrastructure, water supply as well as Internet connectivity in rural areas.
"We are also looking into bringing landscape changes in these rural areas," he said, adding that Perak will also receive funds to minimise its poverty line.
At the event, Ahmad Zahid, a former student in Sekolah Izzudin in 1970, announced that he would donate RM1mil to the school.
"As Deputy Prime Minister, I want to donate the money to my alma mater. The money will be used to upgrade and repair the facilities in the school," he said.