SEREMBAN – Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir wants the state government to take into account the views of the people from all walks of life in its planning and direction.
He said people engagement in the process of formulating policies needed to be prioritised and executed in an open and transparent manner.
“I think the existing regulations and the ones to be drafted should go through the analysis and negotiation process with the stakeholders. In addition, the implementation of good practice on the regulations is also one of the ways to achieve higher productivity growth and level of competitiveness.
“Coupled with efficiency, transparency, good ethics and values in the practice, this will certainly create solid and quality governance,” the ruler said in his speech at the opening of the first meeting, fifth session of the State Legislative Assembly, here, today.
On equal development in Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz said such a concept should ensure that the existing facilities and infrastructure in the urban areas be extended to the rural areas.
He said under the Negeri Sembilan Rural Development Blueprint, development of the rural areas would be in tandem with growth in the urban areas.
“The rural areas should engage in agropolis development, a concept that incorporates the elements of township into village settlements,” said Tuanku Muhriz, adding that programmes such as ‘Village Expansion’ should be implemented.
The ruler also said that the plan by the state government to introduce the ‘magnet school’ concept, namely schools with the elements of boarding school in the rural areas, which was a good idea and in line with the blueprint’s agenda to turn the non-urban schools into the people’s choice.
As such, two schools had been identified for the pilot project, namely SMK Pasoh 2, Jempol and SMK Dato’ Abdullah Astana Raja in Rembau, he said.
On the state’s financial management, Tuanku Muhriz was pleased with the fact that the Negeri Sembilan government recorded a surplus of RM14.24 million in the Consolidated Revenue Account last year and maintained its track record for having obtained the Clean Audit Certificate for 15 consecutive years.
Earlier, the ruler inspected the guard-of-honour mounted by 106 men from the Royal Armoured Regiment from Sunggala Camp, Port Dickson at the grounds of the State Legislative Assembly building.
The State Assembly sitting continues tomorrow. – BERNAMA