Thursday, October 21, 2010


Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia officially declared Malacca as a developed state yesterday, precisely on 20/10/2010.   

Congratulations to all the past and present leaders of that small yet thriving state for the achievements of pushing a sleepy hollow place into a world tourist destination.

A lot of credit has been showered to the charisma and the vision of the present chief minister which I guessed is quite justified.

But I liken the development of a state to the athletic event of a relay race.  All the runners play their part to win.

The process of the development of Malacca I reckoned began during the time of chief ministership of Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik back in early eighties with full support of Tun Mahathir, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia. 

What a visionary leader and hands on manager he was.

He was very meticulous with financial results of departments and state agencies assessing the real performances, analysing the variances and getting the departments to buck up. He was full of ideas on moving the state forward with well executed tourism projects.

I know… because I served under him then in Malacca as the State Treasurer, entrusted with managing of the state funds over 17 departments, during the days when Ali Rastam (Dato Seri), the present Chief Minister, too was a departmental head.

 Back then, we already dare to produce a surplus annual budget for the state!

Malacca folks should be proud of their success despite the limitation of state resources.  

To me, the real architect for Malacca's achievements today is undoubtedly Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik who laid the foundation.

He was succeeded by Dato' Seri Mohd Ali Rastam, a fine builder who completed the development of Malacca in grand design.


1 comment:

mnazri.tan said...

Kudos to all of you who relentlessly work as hard as one could imagine and beyond in the name of building a great nation..

I am deeply saddened with the attitude of what seem mostly come from people of my generation.They brag ideas they have,speak their mind loudly and criticizing the efforts laid down.It is easier to comment than actually to do...Out of 10 people. i come up up with at least 8 of them being negative about the success of melaka state with lots pin pointing to present weakness without realizing what we have achieved all this while....what make it worst, their so called brave voice being hugely transmitted with the wonder of internet

Without people like Tan Sir Rahim, Dato Sri Ali Rastam and obviously our beloved Tun Mahatihir...would we enjoy what we are enjoying today? Would we have prosperity and stability ?

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