Focus more on issues affecting the people; take them out of difficult times through beneficial ideas and policies
by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by BERNAMA
ALL claims labelling Perikatan Nasional (PN) as a backdoor government, or formed after a power seizure should stop immediately, said Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (picture).
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said such claims are unfounded as the decision, exercised by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, was based on the Federal Constitution.
“I have been following the development of the administration change, implemented by the King with great care. After careful and open discourse, it was held in line with the provisions in the Federal Constitution,” he said in his royal address during the opening of the third term of the 14th Selangor Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah also called for politicians to “seize fire” and start focusing on the people who are currently affected by economic and health issues, particularly the Covid-19 pandemic.
The recent political realignment has turned Selangor into an Opposition state governed by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition comprising PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, previously a PH component, is now part of PN’s federal government coalition.
Despite the changes, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah hoped a close collaboration between Selangor and Putrajaya can be established for the sake of economic development and prosperity.
“I do not want the differences in administration and political ideology to cause the people of Selangor to be sidelined in terms of economic and social developments,” he said.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah added that royal institutions should not be seen to be directly involved with politics and should remain impartial.
However, as the state’s ruler, he said he is responsible of advising the elected representatives to not do anything irresponsible that could adversely affect people of
Selangor and to always uphold the state’s political stability and administration.
“The people are tired of witnessing the country’s political strife since the 14th General Election up to today.
“Politicians are seen as having never-ending differences and issues that they forget to honour the trust given by the people,”said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Addressing the state representatives, the Ruler said the people of Selangor need them today, more than ever, to take them out of their difficulties.
“This can only be achieved through ideas and policies that can support the stable growth of our economy that benefits the people, instead of being busy fighting for power and position,” Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah added.
He said although Selangor aimed to attract a total of RM12 billion of investment this year, the overall economic situation remains worrying and expected to worsen due to the China-US trade war, political instability in the Middle East and Covid-19.
He said this will generate a more moderate economic outlook with an estimate of between 3.2% and 4.2% from the initial target.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah also touched on some of the state’s initiatives, including the shortening of investment approvals from 270 days to only 100 days.
This, he said, is one of the reasons that make Selangor the main choice for investors.
From January to September last year, Selangor attracted RM11.17 billion of foreign investment while about RM5.27 billion was generated domestically, creating nearly 17,000 high-skill jobs during the period.
The foreign investment came mainly from Taiwan with RM3.39 billion, followed by Japan with RM2.63 billion, and China with RM1.71 billion.