JOHOR BARU: The people of Johor should outright reject any form of extremism that could jeopardise the long-established harmony in the state, says Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
His Majesty said that Johor is out of bounds for politicians and bigoted religious leaders that are out to break the bonds of unity and solidarity among the different races in the state.
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“Since the beginning, I have always stressed and reminded everyone that understanding and mutual respect among races are the pillars of Johor's unity.
“The Bangsa Johor identity and concept is the glue that unites all the people of Johor, comprising various races and this has been practised in this state for a long time.
“I warn against any attempt by anyone to break Bangsa Johor’s strong bridges of unity and co-existence,” he said in a statement on Facebook to mark his official birthday on Thursday (March 23).
Sultan Ibrahim added that a harmonious and united Johor not only makes its society better but also contributes to the prosperity of the state.
“Stay away from the attributes of jealousy, revenge and mindless suspicion as they are dangerous diseases that only invite harm to society and the nation,” said His Majesty.
Sultan Ibrahim also expressed his appreciation to the Federal Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, for the substantial allocation given to Johor in the 2023 Budget.
“Alhamdulillah, for the allocation provided and I hope that the good relationship between the Federal and state governments will continue to be strengthened for the prosperity of the state and its people,” he said.