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Focus on tackling floods, Selangor sultan tells new state govt

He says the implementation of short-, medium-, and long-term solutions must be expedited to resolve the issue.

Bernama
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Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin at the swearing-in and oath taking ceremony of the Selangor menteri besar at Istana Alam Shah, Klang, today, Aug 21. Photo: Bernama
Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin at the swearing-in and oath taking ceremony of the Selangor menteri besar at Istana Alam Shah, Klang, today, Aug 21. Photo: Bernama

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has called on the new state government to immediately address all the concerns of the people, especially in terms of infrastructure and development.

Sultan Sharafuddin said it was a priority that the state government immediately address the problems, especially the floods that frequently hit Selangor.

"I would like to highlight the floods that often hit Selangor and make life difficult for the people. Short-, medium-, and long-term plans must be implemented immediately," decreed the sultan after presenting letters of appointment to the menteri besar and state executive council (exco) during the ceremony at Balairung Seri, Istana Alam Shah, today.

Also present were Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, and the Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah.

Sultan Sharafuddin said there would be no use in Selangor taking pride in the achievements of rapid economic progress, having the status of a rich state, and recording the highest GDP (gross domestic product) in Malaysia if the basic needs of the people were not well addressed.

"Are we aware that Selangor has recently fallen behind Penang, Johor, and even Sarawak in terms of investment and export value of goods? Perhaps we have not noticed this lag and have failed to overcome it immediately," the sultan said.

Therefore, Sultan Sharafuddin said immediate action must be taken to prevent further damage to Selangor's reputation as a major contributor to the Malaysian economy.

The ruler hoped the assemblymen would do an excellent job by going to the ground to see the status of the planned and ongoing development.

"We are tired of politics; people are tired. I am also tired of listening. Make Selangor state great again, as it was in the glory days of Selangor state not so long ago," Sultan Sharafuddin said.

The Sultan of Selangor said that as he turns 78 this year, it is his hope and dream that Selangor will rise again and develop in every way, including physical and spiritual development, sustainable economic growth, and unity among people of different races where people live in peace, harmony, comfort, and lasting prosperity.

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