The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah has called on the state government to be always sensitive to the problems and challenges faced by the people and the state’s administration.
The Sultan said in tackling the issues, it could, among other things, practise prudent spending, especially during the current sluggish economic situation.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was speaking at the pledge of loyalty ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit, here, today in conjunction with his return after the completion of his term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Also present were Sultanah Kedah, Tuanku Hajah Haminah; Raja Muda Kedah, Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah; Tunku Laksamana Kedah, Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani Almarhum Sultan Badlishah; Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah, Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, other royal family members and Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
The Sultan also advised the state’s administration to carry out more development projects that could benefit the people.
His Majesty said he was also proud and thankful for the consensus between the Kedah Regency Council, menteri besar and the state’s administration in managing Kedah.
Earlier, Ahmad Bashah in his speech expressed his gratitude in being able to witness the historic occasion of welcoming the Sultan after completing his term as Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the second time, three days ago.
“In conjunction with this ceremony, on behalf of the people, I welcome home Tuanku to the Kedah throne,” he said.
On Dec 12, there was a grand welcoming home for Tuanku Abdul Halim, with about 20,000 people lining up the road from Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Kepala Batas until Istana Anak Bukit to wave at the Sultan.
Ahmad Bashah described Tuanku Abdul Halim as a highly-regarded ruler for his kindness, gentleness and caring nature.
He said the Sultan’s coming to his office at Wisma Darul Aman, here, each day also showed his dedication to his duties as a state ruler.
“Tuanku has also taken the approach of going down to meet the grassroots to narrow the gap between the people and palace,” he added. – Bernama