Raja Dr Nazrin Shah says the focus should be on finding ways to lighten the people’s growing burden
IPOH: Stop bickering and start addressing the gloomy economic situation or risk sacrificing the gains made since independence.
This was the advice from Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah to leaders on both sides of the political divide.
He said Malaysians from all walks of life needed dynamic solutions from their leaders to overcome the uncertainties they faced with food and oil prices at record highs.
“Higher productivity, increased investor confidence, new job opportunities and a guaranteed supply of essential food items are the challenges the leaders must embrace to ensure continued stability and prosperity.
“Therefore, their focus should be to find ways to lighten the people’s growing burden by meeting these challenges,” he said at the opening of the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council’s 162nd conference at the Darul Ridzuan Islamic Complex here yesterday.
Raja Nazrin, who heads the council, reminded leaders that the people’s suffering would continue if they did not stop squabbling.
He said leaders must realise that unless they focused their energies and efforts on helping Malaysians, there was real cause for concern that the country’s stability and prosperity would be affected.
“The world over, all governments are facing similar challenges… Efforts and rightful actions, not political rhetoric, from leaders are needed to carry Malaysians through this dire period.
“If leaders fail to confront these challenges, then all past achievements attained by the country in the last 51 years will vanish.”
Raja Nazrin said differences in approach taken or methodology adopted by leaders should not cause disunity within society.
“Therefore, as head of the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council, I appeal to all Muslim and Malay leaders in the country to stop squabbling and to exhibit good conduct and embrace the spirit of brotherhood in an effort to strengthen unity and develop the ummah.”
Earlier, Raja Nazrin presented financial grants totalling RM1.18 million to 59 welfare-based voluntary organisations in the state.
He said the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah, through the Yayasan Sultan Azlan Shah, had agreed to the grants to show his appreciation for the time, energy and effort put in by these organisations in welfare activities.
Each of the organisations received RM20,000 on condition that they must provide details on how the grants are spent in six months’ time.
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