RULER: DON’T POLITI­CISE

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din wants fed­eral, state gov­ern­ments to work to­gether in fi­nal­is­ing Splash takeover

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DAWN CHAN

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SUL­TAN of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah said he hopes that the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments will work to­gether re­spon­si­bly to fi­nalise the takeover of wa­ter con­ces­sion­aire Syarikat Pen­geluar Air Sun­gai Se­lan­gor Sdn Bhd (Splash), adding that the is­sue should not be politi­cised by cer­tain par­ties.

In his ad­dress when open­ing the fifth term of the 13th Se­lan­gor assem­bly sit­ting yes­ter­day, Sul­tan Shara­fud­din said the in­ter­ests of the state and the peo­ple should be pri­ori­tised in the ef­fort to con­clude the takeover.

“I am glad that the state govern­ment has car­ried out work com­pre­hen­sively and taken open and trans­par­ent steps to con­clude the takeover of the wa­ter con­ces­sion com­pany to pro­tect the in­ter­est of the peo­ple in Se­lan­gor.

“I was made to un­der­stand that the Fed­eral Govern­ment had taken the same step as the state by ap­point­ing an in­de­pen­dent val­uer to de­ter­mine the cost of the takeover.

“I hope the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments will fi­nalise this process by pri­ori­tis­ing the in­ter­ests of the state and peo­ple. I want all par­ties to be re­spon­si­ble and not politi­cise the wa­ter is­sue,” he said.

The open­ing of the state assem­bly sit­ting was his­toric as it was graced by Tengku Per­maisuri Se­lan­gor Tengku Per­maisuri No­rashikin and Raja Muda Se­lan­gor Tengku Amir Shah.

This was the first assem­bly sit­ting for the two roy­als since Sul­tan Shara­fud­din mar­ried Tengku Per­maisuri No­rashikin in Septem­ber last year and since Tengku Amir Shah was pro­claimed Raja Muda Se­lan­gor in Oc­to­ber last year.

Sul­tan Shara­fud­din also ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal land­scape had been marred by neg­a­tive el­e­ments and asked that its true mean­ing be un­der­stood.

He said pol­i­tics was not about seek­ing power.

“Pol­i­tics in its true mean­ing is an ef­fort to achieve ex­cel­lent gov­er­nance to de­velop a state.

“I am happy that the ad­min­is­tra­tion park, as a po­ten­tial tourism hotspot.

Sul­tan Mizan also high­lighted plans to de­velop Tasik Kenyir as a duty-free zone and an im­proved tourism spot be­cause it could cre­ate jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties of the state govern­ment is sta­ble and puts the peo­ple­cen­tric agenda above polemics and nar­row pol­i­tics.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that pol­i­tics to­day is tainted with ha­tred, anger, slan­der, mis­un­der­stand­ing and racism.

“I hope the Se­lan­gor govern­ment will con­tinue its noble po­lit­i­cal prac­tice, which cen­tres on prin­ci­ples and val­ues.” for the peo­ple, es­pe­cially lo­cals.

He also hoped that the state govern­ment would achieve its target of at­tract­ing 5.5 mil­lion vis­i­tors dur­ing the Visit Beau­ti­ful Tereng­ganu 2017 cam­paign.

PIC BY ROSDAN WAHID

Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah, flanked by Tengku Per­maisuri Se­lan­gor Tengku Per­maisuri No­rashikin (on his left) and Raja Muda Se­lan­gor Tengku Amir Shah, at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the fifth term of the 13th state assem­bly at De­wan Negeri Se­lan­gor yes­ter­day.

PIC BY GHAZ­ALI KORI

Sul­tan of Tereng­ganu Sul­tan Mizan Zainal Abidin ar­riv­ing at Wisma Darul Iman, Tereng­ganu, to open the fifth ses­sion of the 13th state assem­bly yes­ter­day.

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