Selangor Sultan expresses disappointment over endless political turmoil in the country


PETALING JAYA: Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (pic)has expressed disappointment over the endless political turmoil which is causing uneasiness among the rakyat in the country, says the Selangor Palace.

"The rakyat is now sick and tired with the acts of politicians who are always seen to be fighting and quarrelling in a power struggle to take control of the country's leadership," said the Selangor Palace in a statement on Monday (Oct 20), signed by Sultan Sharafuddin's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani.

The Selangor Ruler's statement came amidst a power struggle after Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that he has enough support to form the next government.

Anwar, who is also the PKR president, on Oct 13 had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to present the list of lawmakers, purportedly supporting him but Istana Negara had clarified that Anwar did not give the names to verify his claims.

The Sultan of Selangor also took note and fully supported the media statement issued by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Oct 16.

"His Royal Highness also expressed regret towards politicians who as if do not care about the problems and hardship faced by the people due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the economic position of the people that had been badly affected.

"Politicians should be responsible for ensuring that the rakyat's suffering remains their priority while exercising their responsibilities and duties.

"The suffering and hardship of the rakyat in their daily livelihoods must be immediately addressed and settled by taking drastic and effective approaches.

"Therefore, His Royal Highness wants all parties, especially politicians in the country, to work together despite their different political ideologies and remain focused to help solve the rakyat and the country's challenges to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as rebuilding the country's economy which had been badly hit," he said.

On Oct 16, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah advised politicians to reflect on their actions so that the country would not be dragged into political uncertainty, as the country continues to face various problems and a difficult future due to the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The King also reiterated his advice to Members of Parliament during the opening ceremony of the third term of the 14th Parliament last May, to showcase maturity in politics and understand the grievances of the people and not to neglect the people's well-being.

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