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MERSING – The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar wants the government to promptly address the current political and economic situation, which is not stable.

He said the drop in the value of Ringgit was a major issue which had to be addressed immediately before the people lost their confidence in the government.

“I am aware of the grievances and complaints of my people. Indeed, in my position as the ruler, I cannot interfere in the political affairs, but as the ruler, it is my responsibility to ascertain the living condition of the people is good and prosperous,” he added.

Government leaders too, he said, should undertake their responsibility honestly for public interests and not with vested interests.

Sultan Ibrahim, who is the Commander of the Special Operations Regiment, said this in his speech at the regiment’s 50th anniversary parade at Kem Iskandar here today.

Also present were the Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail and the Tunku Panglima of Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Others present included Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Malaysian Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Dr Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and army chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

Sultan Ibrahim advised members of the Special Operations Regiment to not be involved in any political parties to uphold the good image of the regiment.

They should also not accept completely information they received on the Internet, he added.

“Those who want to join politics, they can leave the uniform,” he added.

He also hit out at some military officers and others who wore the honorary badge and wing at all times, adding that insignia were to be worn only at certain events.

The sultan also said he hoped the Defence Ministry would accommodate the needs of the regiment since the team is the frontliner in incidents involving the country’s sovereignty and peace.

“For example, the need for a swimming pool for training and water activities at the Iskandar Camp which has yet to materialise,” he added. – BERNAMA

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