Monday July 2, 2012
Navy personnel and family members get to meet MB
Story and photos by EDMUND NGO
ROYAL Malaysian Navy personnel and their families were thrilled to see the Mentri Besar and Lumut MP during a meet-and-greet session at the Lumut Naval Base.
Close to 7,000 people had gathered at the open field last Sunday morning with many bringing along their children to meet Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
The day started out with a fun-filled aerobic session where the participants, including Dr Zambry and Kong, danced enthusiastically to the upbeat music for about 45 minutes under the instruction of instructors from the Manjung District Fitness Club.
Dr Zambry told those present that he was happy to meet them, adding that it was the responsibility of elected representatives to serve the people, including Navy personnel and their families.
Kong, who is also Transport Minister, later presented a RM40,000 allocation for the upgrading of the market within the base.
In the afternoon, Dr Zambry and Kong, accompanied by Vice Admiral Datuk Abd Hadi A Rashid, met with senior and commanding officers, onboard the KD Mahawangsa.
In his speech, Dr Zambry said the Navy had brought development to Lumut and the Manjung district as a whole.
“Manjung was a small, quiet town before it experienced rapid development when the Lumut Naval Base came about.
“At present, it is one of 15 cities in the world that is a Navy town,” he said.
Dr Zambry, who is also Pangkor assemblyman, added that contributions of the Navy were not limited to developing the nation.
“We also need to give them the highest honour and respect in accordance with their sacrifices in safeguarding our country,” he added.