Sultan Selangor: Stop excessive politicking, focus on pandemic

Elected reps should not involve in excessive politicking and power struggle, and forget their responsibilities to the people, the Selangor ruler says

by AFIQ AZIZ / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

SULTAN Sharafuddin Idris Shah reiterates his call for politicians to cease fire and focus on the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Selangor ruler said the state’s elected representatives should not be involved in excessive politicking and power struggle to the point of forgetting their responsibilities to the people.

“I cannot hide my disappointment and regret over the country’s recent political strife, fighting and uncertainty.

“Elected representatives do not seem to want to learn from the past when the nation fell due to power struggles that had divided the people,” said Sultan Sharafuddin when opening the Fourth Meeting of the 14th Selangor State Legislative Assembly in Shah Alam yesterday.

Sultan Sharafuddin first expressed his disappointment in October last year, over the endless political turmoil which he said has caused unrest among the people.

This came amid a power struggle when Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed that he had enough support to form the next government and become the prime minister (PM).

Changes in the Putrajaya administration came twice within 18 months, after Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation from his post following several Umno leaders’ withdrawal of support to the Pagoh MP. Muhyiddin’s successor, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob sworn in as the ninth PM last Saturday.

Prior to that, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed his hope that the appointment of Ismail Sabri will put an end to the continuous political turmoil.

The King said a more harmonious new formula must be reached among political leaders, and that it is important for the government to lead the country to escape the Covid-19 crisis.

Yesterday, Sultan Sharafuddin also pointed out that elected representatives must reach out to Selangor residents in their constituents who have lost their jobs and find ways to help them.

On other matters, Sultan Sharafuddin expressed his concerns over the recent apprehension of several of Selangor’s senior civil servants by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The Sultan said he had also received reports about the MACC’s investigations against several political leaders involved in graft and power abuse.

“This is a reminder that I do not want to hear of any involvement in bribery by the state’s civil servants and political leaders.

“I have directed MACC to carry out in-depth investigations to clear Selangor of corrupt practices,” added Sultan Sharafuddin. Sultan Sharafuddin hoped those meddling in graft will be brought to court and if found guilty, punished severely.

On Covid-19 cases, which Selangor has been continuously reporting high cases daily, Sultan Sharafuddin called for enforcers and the public to adhere and observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs), although they have been fully vaccinated.

He warned that the surge of infections and deaths were due to non-compliances of SOPs. Among others, the Selangor ruler also pointed out that factory operators have failed to set strict SOPs for their workers and that this carelessness had led to the third wave of the pandemic.

The matter worsened after some quarters failed to follow the travel ban and visited their relatives during the last Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“To make matters worse, some political leaders, VIPs and celebrities misused their positions to contravene the rules issued during the Movement Control Order,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

On vaccination, the Sultan said the concentration of the national immunisation programme was not given to states and areas with high populations.

“Vaccination priority was also not initiated in the Klang Valley where the industrial sector activities were active, especially in Selangor,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

As a result, the virus spread quickly with factory clusters spreading beyond control.

The Sultan stressed that it was now crucial for everyone to move forward without repeating the same mistakes.