By Danial Dzulkifly
KLANG, Aug 21 — Sungai Tua state assemblyman Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari has been sworn in as Selangor Menteri Besar for a second term today.
Clad in a black baju Melayu and gold-embroidered black sampin and tengkolok, a traditional Malay male headgear, Amirudin, 43, took his oath of office at Balairung Seri, Istana Alam Shah in Klang before the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, at about 11.20am.
Also present were the Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The Selangor Pakatan Harapan (Harapan) chief successfully defended the Sungai Tua seat, previously known as Batu Caves, for a second term in the recent state election on August 12 with 19,678 total votes, defeating Perikatan Nasional’s Muhammad Hanif Jamaluddin (14,493) and independent G. Suman (430).
The Gombak MP was the assemblyman for the Batu Caves seat for two terms from 2008 prior to the change in name in 2018.
As part of the inauguration, Amirudin presented the ‘Aku Janji 10’ (10-point pledge).
This includes upholding the sanctity of Islam while respecting other faiths; ensuring the sovereignty of the royal institution remains intact; guarding the institution against any denigration or external threats; preserving the unique status of the Malays while also acknowledging the rights of other ethnic groups as defined by the Federal and Selangor State Constitution of 1959; discharging duties with full integrity and responsibility; and preventing any acts that might tarnish the dignity of this position.
Amirudin also emphasised his dedication to prioritising the welfare of the people and ensuring that the broader interests and stability of the state are never compromised.
The Keadilan vice-president is a social science graduate from Universiti Putra Malaysia and is married with six children.
Under Amirudin’s first tenure, the state’s contribution to the national economy rose from 23.7 per cent in 2018 to 25.5 per cent in 2022.
Amirudin also launched several catalytic economic policies such as the First Selangor Plan (RS-1), Sabak Bernam Development Area (Sabda), the Economic Development Zone Selangor Maritime Gateway (EDZ SMG) and Integrated Development Region in South Selangor (Idriss).
Under his administration, Amirudin also launched the Jelajah Ehsan Rakyat last year, which aims to provide affordable essential goods, and has benefited more than four million Selangor residents.
The swearing-in ceremony for the state Menteri Besar came after the conclusion of the August 12 state election, which saw the Unity Government coalition securing 34 out of 56 state seats.
The remaining 22 were captured by Perikatan Nasional.
Later today, the 10 other state executive councillors are expected to be sworn in by the Selangor Ruler.