Sultan ‘no’ to politicians being appointed to PKNS board

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SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor disagrees with any move to have politicians appointed to the board of directors of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said members of the board should be “balanced” and appointed from professional circles.

“They can give their views, ideas, advice and instructions on the development and property sectors,” he said when officiating at the PKNS headquarters here today.

He also expressed hope that PKNS would continue to play the role of a corporate body competing at the global level while undertaking its responsibility to help low-income Malays in the state.

He said such functions should be ongoing so that the Malays in Selangor were not left behind.

In his speech, Sultan Sharafuddin also expressed sadness that the new generation of PKNS staff had forgotten the original mission of the corporation when it was formed under the state administration of former menteri besar Harun Idris in the 1960s.

“It was intended to help low-income Malays, who lived in Selangor get houses that were comfortable and affordable,” he said.

Sultan Sharafuddin said he believed that the current PKNS administration would return the corporation towards pursuing its original goals in order to continue the development and progress of the people in the state.

“Through PKNS’ efforts to prepare affordable housing for low-income Malays in Selangor, the people’s burden will be lessened and their dreams of owning quality homes at affordable prices will come true,” he said.