Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V urged the administrative excellence in the federal territories (FT) be maintained to ensure the people’s well-being, especially in an uncertain global economic climate.
The King said to help reduce the burden of the people, particularly the low-income group, hopefully, the government could find new, innovative ways in overcoming the situation.
“I hope the administrative excellence will ensure continued well-being, prosperity and joy for my subjects in the federal territories.”
His Majesty said this at an investiture ceremony held in conjunction with the Federal Territories Day 2017 celebration at Istana Negara, here, today, Bernama reported.
Also present were Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and FT Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
Federal Territories Day is celebrated to commemorate the declaration of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan as federal territories, and today is the 13th celebration.
The Agong said many new initiatives had been and were being undertaken by the FT Ministry, such as the use of biodegradable products to make environmental preservation a culture, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, drawing up of the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan, and water resources management.
His Majesty said a number of task force had also been formed such as for housing, cleanliness, traffic and combating illegal activities, as well as a special task force to tackle price hikes of goods in Labuan.
“I understand that in Labuan, many industries have the potential to be developed, including the tourism, shipping, fisheries and agriculture industries, as well as commercial centres.
“I urge that such efforts and activities be continued and stepped up for the wellbeing of the people,” the King said.