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Downpour marks K. Terengganu’s first day as waterfont heritage city

KUALA TERENGGANU: The state capital was declared a city yesterday – the Waterfront Heritage City. Fittingly enough, it was a wet affair as Kuala Terengganu became the country's 12th city.

There was a heavy downpour as the Regent of Terengganu, Tengku Muhammad Ismail Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, officially declared Kuala Terengganu a city in a ceremony at Istana Maziah here at 8.30am.

The declaration, conducted in typical Terengganu tradition, started with Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun handing over the formal declaration to Tengku Muhammad Ismail.

The Regent then presented the document to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh who read Datuk Mat Razali Kassim's appointment as the mayor.

Mat Razali then took his oath of office before Tengku Muhammad Ismail.

Idris told reporters later that the city folks could now look forward to a better quality of life and improved local government services.

“There will be more businesses and employment opportunities, robust growth and better amenities,” he said.

He added that new roads and bridges would also be built to reduce bottlenecks in the city centre.

“I am also confident that the new mayor is capable of implementing development projects and meeting the needs of the city folks,” he added.

Mat Razali, 53, was previously the Deputy State Secretary (administration).

He pledged to carry out his job with responsibility and full diligence.

“I am entrusted with the position of a mayor of this new city and therefore I will do my best,” he said.

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