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Najib declares Melaka a developed state

KUALA LUMPUR, Wednesday 20 October 2010 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight declared Melaka a developed state through video conferencing from Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.

The historic declaration was beamed live at Stadium Hang Jebat in Melaka before a crowd of some 50,000 people including the Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

The declaration was made at exactly 8.10 p.m.

In making the declaration, Najib said he was proud of the leadership in the state and the people of Melaka who had worked very hard to make Melaka an advanced state in the country.

"I on behalf of all the people in Malaysia and the federal government feel very proud to be able to make this declaration," he said.

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Melaka has fufilled the requirements in five aspects to be considered a developed state, namely economic, social affairs, infrastructure, environment and administration.

The five aspects encompassed 32 indicators which Melaka surpassed the minimum standards set by OECD.

Among them were the inflation rate, unemployment rate, GDP, life expectancy, mortality rate and crime rate.

Also present with the prime minister were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud, Gerakan president Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, and People's Progressive Party (PPP) president, Datuk M.Kayveas.

In MELAKA, Mohd Ali said the recognition showed the credibility of the state government and that the development momentum would be continued to bring Melaka to even greater heights.

In line with the new status, a public holiday has also been declared in the state tomorrow.

MySinchew 2010.10.21

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