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BE WISE: Sultan Mizan urges Muslims to hold fast to Quran in challenging times

KUALA TERENGGANU: MUSLIMS should reflect  and hold fast to the teachings in the Quran and sunnah to face the challenge of sensitive issues related to religion and local cultural values, says Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

He said there were many issues concerning race, Malay special rights and the Constitution, raised by certain quarters after the results of the 13th General Election (GE13) were announced, that could jeopardise stability and harmony.

He urged those involved to handle the issues wisely to safeguard the unity among the people.

"The outcome of GE13 has given rise to issues concerning race, Malay special rights and the Constitution, raised by certain quarters.

"These can affect the political stability and harmony in the state.

"I, therefore, urge every Muslim to reflect and hold fast to the Quran and sunnah in handling challenging times," he said in his speech during the opening of the 13th state assembly here yesterday.

Sultan Mizan also reminded the state government, led by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, to continue with development programmes, but to practise care to ensure that economic resources were managed efficiently and effectively.

He said physical, tourism and agricultural development programmes helped Terengganu move forward and benefited the rakyat by creating business and employment opportunities.

"Any development programme must be done comprehensively to ensure that no area is left out.

"However, prudent measures need to be implemented in state expenditures. Projects that are less effective and do not benefit the rakyat should be avoided."

He also urged assemblymen to adhere by the rules of the state assembly and respect each other.

Sultan Mizan lauded the state leadership for various achievements in education and tourism, adding that the state's economic performance saw an influx of foreign investors to the state.

"I am satisfied with the development programmes implemented by the state government, as the gross domestic product has increased from RM14,700 million in 2008 to RM16,200 million last year.

"The unemployment rate last year was at 2.9 per cent, indicating that Terengganu has achieved full employment.

"This shows that the state government was able to create job opportunities for the rakyat and make the state prosperous."

The Terengganu state assembly will be in session until tomorrow.

Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin being greeted by state assemblymen at the opening of the 13th state assembly at Wisma Darul Iman in Kuala Terengganu yesterday. Pic by Awadi Alias

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