A Sultan who is known for his kind­ness and close­ness

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By RAHIMY RAHIM [email protected]­tar.com.my

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Sultan Ab­dul­lah Ibni Sultan Ah­mad Shah is known to put the in­ter­est of the peo­ple above all else.

He reg­u­larly asks elected as­sem­bly­men for up­dates on the sit­u­a­tion in their ar­eas, both dur­ing good and hard times.

Pa­hang Cul­ture, Unity, So­cial Wel­fare, Women and Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Seri Sha­h­a­niza Sham­sud­din said it was nor­mal for Sultan Ab­dul­lah to check the real sit­u­a­tion on the ground him­self.

“If there are any nat­u­ral disas- ters, flood­ing or any­thing, he would go down to meet the vic­tims.

“The Ruler will come along with his con­sort Tunku Az­izah Maimu­nah Iskan­dariah Sultan Iskan­dar and other fam­ily mem­bers to show their con­cern and give as­sis­tance.

“The peo­ple feel so touched when the roy­als come down to meet them per­son­ally,” she said.

Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Fuziah Salleh said she felt proud and was look­ing for­ward to the reign of the new Sultan.

“He is a Sultan who is known for his kind­ness and be­ing close to the peo­ple.

“If there is a house de­stroyed by fire or a drown­ing case, he will come down to meet the vic­tims very fast,” she said.

Fuziah, who has been an MP since 2008, said she still re­mem­bered when then Tengku Ab­dul­lah had in­vited her to at­tend an event which was or­gan­ised by Barisan Na­sional al­though she was on the op­po­si­tion bench.

“Tengku in­sisted that the MP must at­tend the event be­cause it (elect­ing an op­po­si­tion) was the choice of the peo­ple.

“He is fair and above pol­i­tics,” she said.

Rompin MP Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin said Sultan Ab­dul­lah was also known for his love of sports, es­pe­cially foot­ball.

“I have known him per­son­ally for more than 30 years and he is loved by his peo­ple.

“He is ap­proach­able and ac­tive in char­i­ties as well as sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

“These are among the things that make him closely con­nected to the pulse of the peo­ple,” he said.

Sultan Ab­dul­lah’s ac­ces­sion to the throne of Pa­hang came by way of his fa­ther Sultan Ah­mad Shah’s ab­di­ca­tion after an amend­ment was made to the state’s con­sti­tu­tion.

The amend­ment em­pow­ered the state’s royal coun­cil to con­duct the move due to 88-year-old Sultan Ah­mad Shah’s health con­di­tion.

He is ap­proach­able and ac­tive in char­i­ties as well as sports ac­tiv­i­ties. These are among the things that make him closely con­nected to the pulse of the peo­ple. Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin

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