THE Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah has expressed hope that the state government will continue looking for measures to help reduce the burden of its people.
Tuanku Abdul Halim, who is also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said this in his 88th birthday message which was read out by Kedah Regency Council chairman Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah during an investiture ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar yesterday.
Tuanku Abdul Halim also thanked the Federal Government for allocating funds to the state.
Tunku Sallehuddin in his speech earlier said the development of the Islamic State (IS) ideology in Kedah was worrying.
“We are shocked that Kedahans are influenced by IS ideology and all must play their role to stop the spread of such ideology,” he said.
At the investiture ceremony, 68 people received their awards from the palace.
Court of Appeal judge Justice Datuk Aziah Ali and Prime Minister’s Department senior deputy secretary-general Datuk Seri Othman Mahmood were bestowed with the Darjah Gemilang Seri Mahkota Kedah which carries the title Datuk Wira.
Syariah Court chief judge Tuan Syeikh Abd Rahman Abdullah, Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan, Kedah police chief Comm Datuk Zamri Yahaya and Kuala Lumpur Foundation To Criminalise War board of trustee member Prof Salleh Buang received their Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Kedah which carries the title Datuk.
A total of 45 people were awarded the Darjah Datuk Setia Diraja Kedah (DSDK) award that carries the title Datuk.
Among them were Belleview Group managing director Datuk Sonny Ho Kiong Chan and state MCA secretary Ooi Eyan Hian.
Seventeen people received the Jaksa Pendamai award.