KLANG: Barisan Nasional state assemblymen have been told to disregard ethnic origin while serving in their respective constituencies.
This call came from Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah after he witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of 10 state executive councillors at Istana Alam Shah here.
He said that assemblymen should be impartial and sincere in solving problems of people irrespective of their origins.
“They should not look at the racial backgrounds of people when approached for assistance, but should focus on solving their problems instead,” said the Sultan in his speech yesterday.
Sultan Sharafuddin also instructed assemblymen, especially state executive councillors, not to be involved in corruption and misuse of power.
He hoped they would help nurture a clean administration in line with the state’s vision of becoming a fully developed state by next year.
Sultan Sharafuddin also reminded politicians to fulfil their election promises so that people would not feel cheated.
He said he was aware that many politicians had ventured into remote areas during election campaigning to canvass for votes and hoped they would return to those areas to serve the people.
During visits to certain communities, the Sultan said he was shocked when people told him they did not know who their assemblymen were.
Earlier, the Sultan presented appointment letters to 10 councillors who took office yesterday during a brief ceremony at Balairung Seri.
They comprised new faces Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil (in charge of Islamic Religious Affairs, Youth and Mesra Rakyat), Datin Paduka Seripah Noli Syed Hussin (Welfare and Women’s Affairs), Datuk Ahmad Nawawi Mohd Zin (Education, Sports and Human Development) and Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng (Tourism, Health and Consumer Affairs).
The six who were reappointed were Datuk Tang See Hang (Investment, Industrialisation and Commercial), Datuk Abdul Fatah Iskandar (Infrastructure and Public Amenities), Datuk K. Sivalingam (Unity and Estate Workers), Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng (Multimedia, Environment and New Village Development), Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad Dahlan (Housing, Building Management and Squatters) and Datuk Raja Ideris Raja Ahmad (Agriculture Modernisation, Natural Resources Management and Entrepreneur Development).