Johor Sultan: I don’t want state assembly to be a ‘circus’

Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar says he will monitor the state government by offering advice and views to the menteri besar. (Facebook pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Johor state assemblymen have been reminded that they must observe etiquette and rules during the state assembly proceedings.

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, in stressing the importance of acting with decorum during sittings, said every assemblyman should listen to the opinions of others.

They should not reject such views just because they were not in line with an assemblyman’s political beliefs or interests, he said.

“I do not want this ‘dewan’ (the Johore state assembly) to be a ‘circus’.

“I hope the speaker will carry out his duties effectively to ensure the proceedings are orderly and conform to rules.

“If there are members of the house who violate rules, then instruct them to leave,” he said during the opening of the 14th Johor state assembly at the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim here today.

Present were Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim and Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim.

Sultan Ibrahim said as the Johor ruler, he would monitor the state government by offering advice and views to the menteri besar.

He said he also wanted to emphasise the importance of prudent financial management so that the state controlled its expenditure without exceeding the revenue received.

The Johor Sultan also reminded the state government to be cautious when making decisions and not to be influenced by outsiders who did not know the history and the ways of the Johor state administration.

“Read and understand every item contained in the Johor State Constitution 1895, which has been the basis of the formation and progress of the state until today.”

He added that the 14th state assembly had created history because, for the first time, there was a complete change in the state leadership as its members were from the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

He said that while there was a new leadership, its objective was still to see to the continued prosperity of the state and the well-being of the people of Johor.

“As such, any good programme carried out by the former administration should be maintained or improved, instead of being stopped,” he said while congratulating the new assemblymen.