Baseless to call Perikatan Nasional as backdoor govt, says Selangor Ruler

SHAH ALAM, March 16 – The Ruler of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj told the Selangor state assemblymen to ensure political stability in the state and cooperate with the newly formed Perikatan Nasional federal government.

In his royal address during the opening of the third term of the 14th Selangor Legislative Assembly sitting today, Sultan Sharafuddin described allegations that the current Federal Government is a backdoor government as baseless.

“We recently saw the change of administration in the Federal Government led by Perikatan Nasional, which replaced the Pakatan Harapan government.

“I myself had followed the development of the change of administration, which was implemented by the 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,

“Talk that the current government is a backdoor government or what transpired was a coup should be halted immediately, as the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong is granted the power to use his discretion as enshrined in the law,” he said.

He also told the Selangor assemblymen that though Selangor is being led by the Pakatan government, he hoped a close collaboration can be established between the Selangor and 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.

Stating that he was aware that royal institutions should not be seen being directly involved with issues related to politics and should remain above politics, Sultan Sharafuddin said that he has a responsibility to advise all the Yang Berhormats (elected representatives) to not do anything that is irresponsible and can adversely affect the people of Selangor.

He also told the assemblymen to focus on the economy especially in the midst of COVID19 pandemic.

NMT