MELAKA, March 13 (Bernama) -- Former Melaka chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron views his appointment as state Regional and Rural Development and Flood Management Committee chairman as an act of trust and responsibility that he must bear and not as a demotion in rank or status.

The Sungai Udang assemblyman said his latest portfolio was important as it involved the state’s overall development, especially the three districts in the state, apart from efficiently handling the flood issues.

“The Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali have placed their faith in me,” Idris, who was the state’s 10th Chief Minister, told reporters after the state executive council swearing-in ceremony at Dewan Seri Negeri today.

Idris, who was among 10 executive councillors who took their oath in front of Mohd Khalil, was Melaka Chief Minister from 2013-2018.

Meanwhile, Rembia assemblyman Datuk Muhamad Jailani Khamis, who was reappointed state Tourism, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman, thanked the state leaders of Perikatan Nasional for giving him the chance to continue in the portfolio.





He said it was important to pay serious attention to a more effective and targeted strategy so as to ensure COVID-19 would not continue to have a negative impact on the state’s tourism sector, which is one of Melaka’s core economy.

Asked about his position in PKR, he said he would discuss it with former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and that any decision to join another party would be made soon.

Meanwhile, Pengkalan Batu assemblyman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee, who was reappointed Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development, Cooperatives and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman, said he would focus on the development of fertigation farmings and kelapa pandan to ensure sufficient food supply as well as to strengthen the agricultural sector in the state. 

Norhizam who is now an Independent assemblyman said there was a possibility he might join a political party and that he would announce his decision soon.

“Anyway, I wish to thank DAP because without them nobody would know me and thank you also for sacking me,” he said. 

Telok Mas Bersatu assemblyman Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad, meanwhile, viewed his appointment as chairman of the Education, Higher Education, Technology and Vocational, Science and Innovation Committee in the Chief Minister’s Department as an honour since the portfolio was a new one.

“Honestly, I only knew about it during the press conference earlier and I will meet the Chief Minister to discuss the job scope,” he said.




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