Sultan ticks off absentee reps


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Nov 2004

BY ELAN PERUMAL

SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor is annoyed with state assemblymen who do not attend State Legislative Assembly sittings. 

Ticking them off, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said unless they were physically unfit, the elected representatives were expected to attend the sittings. 

It was unbecoming of assemblymen to be absent during the sittings which are convened only a few times a year, he said when opening the RM32.5mil annex of the Selangor Legislative Assembly building yesterday. 

“I do not see any reason why they cannot attend the sittings except if they are physically unfit to do so,” he said, advising the assemblymen to be accountable for their deeds. 

Urging them to practise good governance when making policies, he told them to place the interest of their voters before their own self-interest. 

“I hope that assemblymen – from the ruling party as well as from the opposition – will put up constructive arguments during the assembly. 

“They should not be wasting the time of the assembly by engaging in unnecessary arguments to promote their own interests or to stamp their authority on others,” he said, 

On the new building, Sultan Sharafuddin said he was impressed with the new facilities in the assembly. 

“Though a large amount of money has been spent by the state on the renovation and extension, the project has created a lot of new space and facilities for the assemblymen,” he said. 

“The assemblymen will not only enjoy a more comfortable atmosphere but will also have access to a lot of facilities, including a new library, to help in their preparations,” he said. 

The Sultan hoped that the library, besides holding books on Malaysian laws, would also have similar material from abroad.  

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