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Malacca CM drops Seri Bendahara for gov't quarters

INTERVIEW | Seri Bendahara, the official residence of the Malacca chief minister, was open to the public from May 15 to June 14, after Pakatan Harapan captured the state.

Newly minted Chief Minister Adly Zahari said at that time that he made the decision to open up the extravagant residence to the public to show the people the life led by the previous leaders.

The residence, located in Ayer Keroh, quickly became a tourist attraction, drawing at least 1,000 visitors a day.

Now, the Harapan state government is still deciding on what to do with the residence, which was constructed in 2004 during the administration of former chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam.

But one thing is for certain, Adly will not be moving into Seri Bendahara.

"Currently, I am staying at Bukit Peringgit, not the old chief minister's house, but I am using the guesthouse (at the government quarters).

"So I have changed the guesthouse at Bukit Peringgit into the chief minister's residence," he told Malaysiakini in an interview at his office in Seri Negeri, the administrative centre of the state government.

Adly said there are plans to use Seri Bendahara as a government venue to hold events or meetings.

However, he added, there is no plan to sell the building or to privatise it...

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