Datuk Seri Ali Rustam presenting a speech
At 2010 hours on 20.10.2010 Malacca was officially declared as a developed state in a grand ceremony at the Stadium Hang Jebat in Krubong. A public holiday was announced for the people in Malacca for the following day.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made the declaration via tele-conferencing from Kuala Lumpur to thousands of Malaccans gathered at a grand ceremony in Stadium Hang Jebat in Krubong last night
The event was themed “Developed Malacca 2010: Green Technology State City.”
The quest to become a developed state under a 10-year plan known
as Melaka Maju 2010 was achieved after Malacca fulfilled 32 criteria set by the Organisation for
Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a grouping of the world’s 33 richest
countries with the highest per capita GDP.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said it was a truly proud day for Malaccans as the state
was finally recognised as a developed state by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Jon Hall, who has been leading the OECD’s Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies,
said Malaccans had higher than the OECD’s minimum levels in virtually all indicators.