KOTA ISKANDAR: Politicians should all come together to help the people amid the Covid-19 pandemic instead of being at each other’s throats, says Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
The Johor Ruler warned of another dangerous virus spreading, which he called the “disunity virus”.
“This virus is already spreading among politicians.
“This can be seen via the turmoil and power grabs which have caused concern among the people and threatened the political stability and economic development of the country, ” he said in his opening address at the Johor state assembly here yesterday.
Sultan Ibrahim added that those infected by the “disunity virus” tended to forget themselves and the welfare of the people as long as they got what they wanted to serve their self interest.
He said this virus was being spread via social media assisted by media agents and cybertroopers.
“They become provocateurs to stir up sensational issues to fan the people’s hatred, ” he said, adding that he hoped that such action be contained to maintain peace and unity.
Sultan Ibrahim reminded all assemblymen to set a good example by maintaining decorum and discipline when in the assembly.
“They should be an example to the other state assemblies, ” he said, adding that everyone should work together.
Security was tight at the state assembly building, with all assemblymen required to hand over their mobile phones before entering.
This followed the ruckus in the state assembly meetings in Melaka and Perak, which were recorded using mobile phones.
The Johor assembly ended within 25 minutes, with no untoward incident and no party attempting to table any motion against Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and Speaker Suhaizan Kayat.
Also present at the meeting was Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is the Gambir assemblyman.
Speaking to reporters later, Hasni expressed his appreciation to everyone for their compliance during the state assembly.
He said all should heed the Ruler’s call to help the people in this difficult economic period.