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Johor Sultan: Stem economic woes now
Published:  Aug 25, 2015 3:56 AM
Updated: 6:01 AM

In a rare royal reprimand against Putrajaya, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar of Johor called on the federal government to resolve the instability facing the country as well as the falling ringgit.

Sultan Ibrahim also acknowledged that he should not be interfering in politics but said it was his duty to raise the concerns of the rakyat.

"I am aware and sensitive to the concerns of my subjects. The unstable political and economic situation the country is in now is a major issue which has to be dealt with immediately.

"Though as a sovereign ruler, I cannot interfere in political matters, but as a ruler I am responsible for the well-being and prosperity of my state and subjects.

"Therefore, I urge the ruling government to deal with the problems we are facing now, among which is the deteriorating value of the ringgit," Sultan Ibrahim said in a speech that was uploaded on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.

The monarch also criticised those who questioned the state royalty's usage of the term 'Bangsa Johor', which is seen as the state asserting itself against the federal government.

'Don't interfere'

"The term 'Bangsa Johor' is nothing new. My late grandfather, Sultan Ibrahim, in his foresight realised that Johoreans should be united under Bangsa Johor.

"In fact, long ago, the state anthem was titled Lagu Bangsa Johor . Therefore, to outsiders who do not understand Johor's history, I would advise them to refrain from interfering in Johor's affairs.

"I hope that Johoreans of all cultures and faiths will stand united and live in harmony for the peace and prosperity of our state, Johor Darul Ta'zim," Sultan Ibrahim said.

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