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Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj delivers the royal address before the state assemblymen during the opening of the First Meeting of the Second Session of the 15th State Legislative Assembly in Shah Alam, on February 27, 2024. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Sultan: State assembly should be held with integrity, refrain from sowing discord

By Yasmin Ramlan 

SHAH ALAM, Feb 27 — Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj has reminded the State Legislative Assembly to be held with integrity and has cautioned against spreading misinformation and inciting sensitive issues.

In the royal address at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, His Royal Highness reiterated that the state assemblymen and its Speaker should focus on debates and issues which benefit the people and Selangor. 

“I hope the Selangor state assembly sitting will serve as the best example for the public, where all debates should be held with the utmost integrity and responsibility and not become a place for spreading misinformation, inflating sensitive issues, and fake news. 

“The debate should always be harmonious and fair for all,” said Sultan Sharafuddin during the opening of the First Meeting of the Second Term of the 15th Selangor State Legislative Assembly today.

The Ruler also reminded the state assemblymen to avoid bickering during the assembly sitting and to debate responsibly and respectfully.

“I hope the sitting will be held in a harmonious atmosphere so it will benefit the people and the state.

“Avoid extreme actions that could harm and tarnish the reputation of the state assembly,” His Royal Highness added. 

Sultan Sharafuddin’s decree comes after His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia’s royal address yesterday, granting authority to the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Dewan Negara President to take stern actions against any Parliament members who ‘cross the line.’ 

In His Majesty’s inaugural royal address at the opening of the First Meeting of the Third Session of the 15th Parliament, the sovereign specified that these measures may include imposing a 14-day ban on members if they remain stubborn. 

In the previous year, Sultan Sharafuddin had repeatedly urged and tirelessly reminded political leaders to avoid divisive politics.

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