JOHOR BARU: The people of Johor should reject any form of extremism that threatens the state’s long-established harmony, says Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
His Majesty said Johor is out of bounds for bigoted religious leaders and politicians who are out to break the bond of unity and solidarity among the different races in the state.
“I have always 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, and 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 yesterday.
Sultan Ibrahim said that a harmonious and united Johor not only makes its society better but also contributes to the state’s prosperity.
“Stay away from jealousy, revenge and mindless suspicion, as they are dangerous diseases that can only bring harm to society and the nation,” said His Majesty.
Sultan Ibrahim 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 Budget 2023.
“Alhamdulillah for the allocation provided, and I hope that the good relationship between the federal and state governments will continue to be strengthened,” he said.
Separately, Anwar congratulated Sultan Ibrahim on the occasion of his official birthday, through a message posted on his Facebook page.
“I pray to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala that Tuanku and Permaisuri (Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah) as well as the whole Royal family members will always be filled with blessings and guidance, and will always be healthy, prosperous and full of sovereignty.
“May His Majesty continue to rule Johor Darul Ta’zim fairly and justly,” he wrote, Bernama reported.
Anwar also said he and the people would continue to pledge their allegiance and undivided loyalty to Sultan Ibrahim.