JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor has reminded state executive councillors to play their role in educating the people on the importance of religion in their daily lives.
He said Islam has been the official religion in the state since the 1700s and Johor has been regarded as a role model to other states in promoting the religion.
“I would like to stress here that religion is the most important part in our life and, therefore, we should play our part in promoting it among the rakyat,” he said at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with his birthday.
The Sultan thanked Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and the executive councillors for their efforts in upgrading and improving the standard of living of the people.
He also urged them to plant trees to create an environmental-friendly atmosphere in the state.
In his speech, Ghani said the state government had introduced various programmes to benefit the orang asli, including the setting up of religious schools in their settlements.
He said about 15,000 units of rumah rakyat would be built under the Eighth Malaysia Plan.
Among those present at the ceremony held at Istana Bukit Serene here were Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail and his consort Raja Zarith Sofiah, the Tunku Bendahara Johor, members of the royal family, Ghani and his wife Prof Datin Dr Jamilah Ariffin and state executive councillors.
Perlis royalty Tengku Shahrin Abu Bakar Almarhum Tunku Suleiman heads the list of 694 people who received awards.
He was conferred the Darjah Kerabat Johor Yang Amat Dihormati Pangkat Kedua (DK II).
State Veterinary Department director Dr Fauziah Embong and the sultan's pilot Major Mazelan Abu received the Darjah Mahkota Johor Yang Mulia Pangkat Kedua (DPMJ) which carries the title Datuk.