Sultan: Stop all ‘backdoor’ govt talk


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020

SHAH ALAM: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah says he does not want the new Federal Government to be associated with that of a “backdoor” government or one formed after a power seizure.

Opening the third term of the 14th Selangor Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday, the Selangor Ruler said such allegations were baseless.

“We recently saw the change of administration in the Federal Government led by Perikatan Nasional which replaced the Pakatan Harapan government.

“I myself followed the developments on the change of administration, which was implemented by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong with great care and upon careful and open discourse in line with the provisions of the Federal Constitution, ’’ Sultan Sharafuddin said in his address.

As such, the Ruler said any talk about a “backdoor” government or power seizure should cease at once as the King was granted the power to use his discretion as enshrined in the law.

Sultan Sharafuddin said that although Pakatan was leading Selangor, he hoped that for the sake of economic development and prosperity, close collaboration would be established between the state and the Federal Government.

“I don’t want the difference in administration and political ideology to result in the people of Selangor being sidelined in terms of economic and social development, ’’ said the Ruler.

Sultan Sharafuddin said he was aware that royal institutions should not be seen as being directly involved with issues related to politics and should remain above politics in a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy system.

“However, as the Sultan of my state, I am responsible in advising all the Yang Berhormat (elected representatives) to not do anything irresponsible which can adversely affect my people, ’’ the Ruler said.

Sultan Sharafuddin also advised the elected representatives to always uphold the state’s political stability and administration.

“The people are tired and worried after witnessing the country’s political strife since the 14th General Election till this day.

“Politicians are seen to be constantly having differences in neverending political issues until they forget their actual responsibility which is to honour the trust of the people, ” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

The Ruler added that the people were facing difficulties due to the high cost of living with the decline in the global economy, weakening of the ringgit as well as decreasing employment, with the spread of Covid-19 also posing a grave challenge.

To face these issues, Sultan Sharafuddin said the people of Selangor needed the undivided attention of their elected representatives.

“This can only be achieved with the creation of ideas to implement policies to support a stable economic growth that benefits the people, instead of being busy fighting to seize power and position, ” advised the Ruler.

He said elected representatives were chosen by the people to work and serve them so that they could achieve prosperity as well as enjoy Selangor’s wealth.

On another matter, Sultan Sharafuddin said he wanted Selangorians to use technology positively and to promote unity, instead of spreading negativity, false news and insulting others.

He said in addition to being a prosperous and peaceful state, Selangor had a diverse community, which was multiracial and multireligious.

“This unity and harmony is the state’s asset which must be protected and propagated to ensure peace and stability, ’’ said Sultan Sharafuddin.

“My people must always respect each other and not inflate matters that touch on the sensitivity of a religion, community, race or lineage as this can threaten communal harmony, ’’ said Sultan Sharafuddin.

Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the legislative assembly sitting would minimise contact among the attendees.

He said the sessions would be shortened and only important issues debated.

“We want to control and reduce contact between individuals to prevent the spread of Covid-19, ’’ he told reporters yesterday.

Amirudin said only issues related to the state’s development and administration as mentioned in Sultan Sharafuddin’s opening address would be debated.

The opening ceremony was also shortened with the usual parade and royal banquet scrapped from the itinerary.

Speaker Ng Suee Lim said although the rest of the sitting beginning today had not been put off, efforts would be made to keep sessions as short as possible.

“All parties involved are discussing how to handle the situation as we want to protect the safety of everyone attending, ’’ he said.

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