‘DON’T LIS­TEN

They are ig­no­rant of Jo­hor his­tory, state ad­min­is­tra­tion, says Sul­tan Ibrahim

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AHMAD FAIRUZ OTH­MAN AND RIZALMAN HAMMIM JO­HOR BARU news@nst.com.my

SUL­TAN of Jo­hor, Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskandar has urged the Jo­hor gov­ern­ment against be­ing in­flu­enced by peo­ple from out­side the state when it comes to mak­ing its de­ci­sions and poli­cies.

He re­minded the state gov­ern­ment that those from out­side Jo­hor were not aware of Jo­hor’s his­tory and ways of ad­min­is­tra­tion, and that these out­siders were ill-in­formed about the Jo­hor ruler’s role in up­hold­ing the in­ter­est of the peo­ple.

“The gov­ern­ment has been re­minded to be care­ful when mak­ing de­ci­sions and not to be in­flu­enced by the words and in­sis­tence of out­siders, who did not know about the his­tory and ways of ad­min­is­ter­ing the state.

“For in­stance, the pro­posed Jo­hor Hous­ing and Real Prop­erty Board En­act­ment 2014, which was pre­pared by the state le­gal ad­viser and pre­sented to me, had been amended when out­siders ques­tioned the power of the ruler in that en­act­ment.

“There were some nar­row­minded me­dia who ques­tioned whether a ruler’s power should be given in the en­act­ment.

“Such news­pa­pers are of no value and are only use­ful to wrap nasi lemak. The en­act­ment was done cor­rectly based on the tem­plate of Jo­hor gov­ern­ment en­act­ments used be­fore this, such as the Jo­hor Cor­po­ra­tion En­act­ment in 1968,” said Sul­tan Ibrahim in a speech when open­ing the fifth pro­ceed­ing of the 13th State As­sem­bly at Bukit Tim­balan here yes­ter­day.

The speech was read by Tunku Mahkota Jo­hor Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim, who was the sul­tan’s of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the event.

Sul­tan Ibrahim said the power vested in the ruler was en­shrined in the Jo­hor State Con­sti­tu­tion since it came into force in 1895.

“The ruler’s power must be main­tained to bal­ance po­lit­i­cal power and to up­hold the in­ter­est of the peo­ple and state.

“Look at what hap­pened re­cently when a politi­cian was charged for graft or abuse of power re­lated to a Jo­hor hous­ing is­sue.

“But I must re­mind ev­ery­one that the case must not be de­bated as it in­volves an on­go­ing le­gal process.

“Let it be de­cided by the courts,” he said when refert­ing to Datuk Abd Latif Bandi, who re­signed as a state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor on April 20. area be­fore plant­ing the crops.

“The land owner has been op­er­at­ing along the for­est re­serve bor­der. He en­croached on for­est re­serve to plant other crops. Our rangers de­stroyed the crops and

Sul­tan Ibrahim said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) against Latif should not be seen as a way to weaken the Jo­hor ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“It should be seen as a strength whereby the ques­tion of in­tegrity can­not be com­pro­mised.

“I hope the state gov­ern­ment and the MACC will con­tinue to work to­gether to im­prove the in­tegrity of pub­lic ser­vants and study weak­nesses in gov­ern­ment pro­ce­dures which are sus­cep­ti­ble to cor­rup­tion,” he said.

On a re­lated mat­ter, Sul­tan Ibrahim said any pol­icy pro­posed by the state gov­ern­ment must be done with in­put be­ing sought from all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. warned him not to re­peat the of­fence.

“The Forestry Depart­ment will not con­done il­le­gal farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as this will harm the for­est re­serve.”

Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin pre­sent­ing the royal ad­dress to Tunku Mahkota Jo­hor Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim at the State As­sem­bly in Bukit Tim­balan in Jo­hor Baru yes­ter­day.

En­force­ment of­fi­cers de­stroy­ing the crops il­le­gally planted in the for­est re­serve in Cameron High­lands yes­ter­day. PIC BY MOHD RAFI MAMAT

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