SHAH ALAM — March 16, 2020: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor has dismissed claims that the federal government is a backdoor government or was formed after a power seizure.
“I myself had followed the development of the change of administration, which was implemented by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong with great care, and after careful and open discourse was held in line with the provisions in the federal Constitution,” he said at the opening of the third term of the state Legislative Assembly today.
Sultan Sharafuddin said unfounded claims that the current government does not have the legitimacy to be in power should be stopped because the Agong had used his discretion as enshrined in the law.
He also expressed hope that the Pakatan Harapan state government will work closely with the Perikatan Nasional federal government for the sake of economic development and prosperity,
“I don’t want the difference in administration and political ideology to cause the people of Selangor to be sidelined in terms of economic and social development,” said the Ruler.
Sultan Sharafuddin said he was aware that royal institutions should not be directly involved with issues related to politics but it is his responsibility to advise elected representatives to not do anything that is irresponsible and can adversely affect the people.
“The people are tired and worried witnessing the political strife in the country since the 14th general election up to today.
“Politicians are seen to be constantly having differences in never-ending political issues until they forget their actual responsibility of implementing the trust given by the people for their (the people’s) well-being,” he said.
Sultan Sharafuddin pointed out that the people were facing difficulties due to increasing high cost of living due to the decline in the global economy, weakening of the ringgit, decreasing employment opportunities and the Covid-19 pandemic.