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KUANTAN: Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is a ruler who cares so much for his subjects that he is willing to set aside protocol to listen to and help them. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh said this was because the sixth Pahang Sultan prioritised the people’s welfare. The Kuantan member of parliament said Sultan Abdullah and his wife, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, were always the first to visit disaster victims.

She said Sultan Abdullah was always in the people’s hearts due to his down-to-earth nature. “If the people of Pahang are asked about whenever a disaster like floods or fire occur, they will definitely say that his majesty (Sultan Abdullah) is the first to visit the people and ask how they are doing,” she told the New Straits Times today. “This attitude has always been with his majesty since young until he became Tengku Mahkota Pahang and until today.” Fuziah, whose portfolio is religious affairs, was welcoming the proclamation that Sultan Abdullah would succeed his father, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah.

She prayed for the continued prosperity of Pahang under Sultan Abdullah. Meanwhile, state Tourism, Environment and Plantation Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said he had confidence in Sultan Abdullah’s ability and vast experience to rule Pahang. The Lanchang assemblyman said the sultan was trained since childhood by Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah and had wide experience in state administration.

“When Sultan Ahmad Shah was appointed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tengku Abdullah since a young age was appointed Regent (of Pahang) to administer the state. “From there, one can see his majesty’s (Sultan Abdullah) maturity in carrying out his duties and responsibility the best he can,” he said. Sharkar also praised the Pahang Malay Sultanate as it had never been involved in any controversy and had the wisdom to differentiate between the powers of the ruler and the executive.

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