Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam has been appointed as the 7th Governor of Melaka on 4th June 2020. He was born on 24th August 1949 to Mohd Rustam Ghulam Haider and Minah binti Musa. He started his formative education at Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Bukit Katil from 1956 to 1960 before moving to Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Semabok in 1961. In 1962 he continued his secondary education at Melaka High School and therein completed his Senior Cambridge Examination. Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam obtained his Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences majoring in Economic Development from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1984. He then furthered his postgraduate studies at Universiti Malaya where he obtained his Master of Arts in 2013.
In view of his commendable contributions and leadership, TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam was conferred the Honorary Doctorate In Management (Youth Development) by Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) in 2003 and the Honorary Doctorate In Management by Multimedia University in 2011.
TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam is married to Toh Puan Datuk Wira Hajah Asmah Abdul Rahman in 1985 and is blessed with three children, Mohd Ridhwan bin Mohd Ali, Wan Nazirah binti Mohd Ali and Muhamad Hamka bin Mohd Ali.
TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam posseses an expansive experience and knowledge in the public affairs and services. He started his career as a Senior Clerk with Tenaga Nasional (TNB) where he served from 1969-1979. Soon after, he joined the Social Welfare Department (KEMAS) and was appointed as the Deputy Director of KEMAS Kedah from 1979-1980. His commitment and dedication in the organization was duly acknowledged with his appoinment as the Director of KEMAS for the State of Perlis in 1980. Between 1981-1982, he assumed the post of Director of KEMAS for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and from 1982-1983 he became the Director of KEMAS for the Melaka State.
TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam’s career continued to thrive with his appointment as the Special Secretary to the Chief Minister of Melaka from 1984-1986. He was then appointed as the Executive Council (Exco) member of the Melaka State - overseeing the Housing, Local Government and Environment Portfolio. He was also the State Assembly Representative for the Ayer Molek Constituency. From 1990 – 1995, he secured the Constituency of Sungai Udang and held the post of Exco of Science and Technology Portfolio. Soon after, from 1995 – 1998, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Transport, Malaysia and concurrently, a Member of Parliamant (MP) for Batu Berendam. On 2nd December 1999, TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam was appointed as the 9th Chief Minister of Melaka.
During his tenure as the Chief Minster of Melaka, he had envisioned Melaka to be a developed state by 2010. This vision was then embedded in the Visi Melaka Maju 2010 blueprint initiated by TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam himself.
A practical idealist, assertive, bold, resilient, confident and with a tenacious self-assurance, TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam reckons on the principle that with the right mindset and unstinting effort, and if Allah s.w.t wills it, one can achieve anything in life. This becomes a testimony of TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam’s admirable success in steering Melaka as a vibrant city state in Malaysia. With such wisdom and charisma, it is apparent that the vision and mission of UTeM to emerge as a renowned, creative and innovative university in the world will sustain under the tutelage of TYT Tun Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Mohd Ali Rustam.
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Darjah Seri Melaka (Negeri Melaka)
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