IPOH – The Perak state legislative assembly delivered a harsh reprimand to some members of the state assembly for the way they had dressed, not respecting the ceremonious dress code during the opening of the first meeting of the third term of the 13th Perak state assembly on March 31.
Its secretary Datuk Ayob Hashim said the rebuke was one of three resolutions made at the 163rd legislative assembly sitting chaired by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah on Saturday.
“Members of the assembly are reminded that in the state of Perak, the Sultan has consented that annually there will be two occasions categorised as special and to be honoured as a full ceremonious dress day, referred as ‘Hari Kalung’.
“Firstly, the birthday celebration of the State Ruler where the ceremony is held in the Balairung Seri Istana Iskandariah and secondly, the opening ceremony of the state legislative assembly held at Legislative Assembly Hall,” he said in a statement Sunday.
He said this proved that the Sultan of Perak recognised and gave high regards to the institution of the people as symbolised by the state assembly.
Therefore, he said, the Perak state assembly stressed that the act by some of assemblymen was not only a violation of customs but also reflected their ill manners towards the assembly which they represent, and the Head of the State who is also the Ruler.
“Members of the state assembly have come to a stand and have proposed the Sultan to be firm in future against those who chose not to comply and respect the customs of a ceremony.
“The decision of the assembly will be conveyed formally to the state administration authority,” he said.
Ayop said at the sitting, the state assembly also congratulated Sultan Nazrin on the invitation of Ban Ki-moon who had sought the consent of the Sultan to take responsibility as co-chair to the high level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, through a letter from the United Nations secretary-general dated March 30.
“Members of Perak state assembly described the invitation as not only the highest recognition accorded to Sultan Nazrin Shah on a personal basis but also as an honour to the people and the state of Perak generally,” he said.
He said in addition, the Perak state assembly was informed that Sultan Nazrin Shah had appointed former Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin as non-official member of the assembly, effective April 17. – BERNAMA