‘People and I are tired of politics’


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Selangor Sultan raps politicians for incessant politicking

KLANG: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah did not mince his words when he delivered a royal rebuke in his address after the swearing-in of Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari and the state’s new executive council.

The Ruler said the incessant politicking was trying for the people of Selangor as well as for him.

“The people are tired, I am tired of hearing of it. Wake up, honourable members; think about the future of our state and country and the future of our children and grandchildren.

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“Make Selangor great again as it was during Selangor’s golden era not too long ago,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

The Ruler said that as age was catching up with him, his fervent wish was to see Selangor rise again.

“I will be 78 years old this year and it is my hope and dream before I close my eyes, that I can see Selangor rise again and move forward in every aspect of physical and spiritual development, and have sustainable economic growth and unity among its multiracial communities whereby the people can live comfortably with long-lasting prosperity,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

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The Ruler also lambasted politicians who had used harsh language and who had dragged the royal institution into their political campaigns.

“What occurred reflected the erosion of respect by certain politicians and political leaders towards the royal institution and Malay Sultanate which is an umbrella for Muslims, Malays and other communities,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

Raring to go: Mohd Najwan Halimi taking his oath as a state exco member before the Sultan of Selangor in Istana Alam Shah, Selangor. — BernamaRaring to go: Mohd Najwan Halimi taking his oath as a state exco member before the Sultan of Selangor in Istana Alam Shah, Selangor. — Bernama

The Ruler added that the disrespect from such individuals had crossed the lines of decorum for Muslims and Malays.

“Remember, don’t think just because one assumes one is popular, that one can belittle whoever has a different political viewpoint, to the point of coming to Selangor and hurling insults that cross the line.

“Where did courtesy disappear to? This is not our culture, especially the Malays, to insult someone in public. Watch your manners, more so when you are visiting someone else’s state or home,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

During campaigning for the recently concluded Selangor polls, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor had allegedly insulted Sultan Sharafuddin by questioning the appointment of Amirudin as Selangor Mentri Besar.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to urge all Malay Muslims in Selangor to always prevent arguments and conflicts between each other that could divide the community and give Islam a bad image,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

“Enough with what has happened. We have to move forward and bring change to the way we think and practise politics,” the Ruler added.

Since the polls was over, Sultan Sharafuddin called on everyone to re-establish ties regardless of religion, race or political affiliation.

The Ruler advised the people of Selangor to respect each other and refrain from blowing up sensitive issues that could adversely affect communal harmony.

“Use social media platforms for positive things that can contribute to unity instead of spreading slander and hate which can create division,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

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