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Monday, August 13, 2007

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Sultan of Selangor: More hope for Malaysia?

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has called for immediate action to be taken to check corruption, bureaucratic red tape, race problems, religious intolerance, the brain drain and crime, issues which are troubling many concerned Malaysians these days. While much of the power of the royalties had been taken away, I think they still command much respect especially among the rural communities. Plus many of the royalties are now very highly educated.

The Sultan of Selangor said that corruption is still a problem and that people are very concerned about it, echoing the thoughts of many Malaysians. He called for more effective actions to be taken.

He also expressed concern over the country's brain drain, pointing out Singapore as the greatest benefactor of the brain drain. I can vouch for that for the former CEO {Chief Executive Officer} of SIA {Singapore Airlines} one of the most successful airlines in the world, Dr. C.K. Cheong, was my former statistic lecturer and a Malaysian citizen, although I do not know if he had taken up Singapore citizenship. The Sultan of Selangor pointed out as examples a highly qualified Malaysian academic could not get an appointment in any of the Malaysian universities, but was appointed as a department head at the NUS (Natioinal University of Singapore), and the Malaysian architect who designed the Singapore National Library.

The Sultan of Selangor indicated that the Palace is taking the lead in caring for the environment by committing to plant 5,000 trees on its ground.

He called for respect for each other's religion, national unity and racial harmony.

Related post: Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak, hope for Malaysia

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