The Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin called on the people to respect the principle of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy which had been the basis of the formation of Malaysia.
He said this system should be maintained to solve any problems, while urging to put aside obsessive hatred towards political leaders and parties and closed-mindedness.
Sultan Mizan (above) said so in the text of his speech which was distributed to members of the State Assembly present at the opening of the third session of the 14th State Assembly sitting behind closed doors in Wisma Darul Iman in Kuala Terengganu.
He also recalled that the Federal Constitution and state laws must always take precedence over personal and political interests.
“I am confident that Terengganu and the people will continue to enjoy peace, harmony and prosperity if everyone respects each other and obeys the laws,” he said.
In addition, he urged the state government to seriously consider the potential of Sultan Mahmud Airport, as it could serve as a cargo hub for the Asia-Pacific market, given the strategic regional positioning of Terengganu.
He said the freight hub could increase value-added activities on products made by the people of Terengganu for the global market, while adding that the airport could be developed along with a host of other economic activities related to the l ‘aviation.
Sultan Mizan also hoped that the state government would focus on efforts to promote the state as a competitive ecotourism destination in the region, and to this end, the focus should be on product diversification. tourism on the mainland.
He said that given the uniqueness of the state’s tourism products and the potential of the Terengganu River Estuary, there is a great opportunity to promote the state as a luxury cruise destination.
Sultan Mizan said the state government should pay more attention to agricultural development as many, especially the B40 group, are low-income people involved in the sector.
He also proposed that 2021 be declared the National Year of Agriculture, where efforts and financial allocation should be focused on improving this sector.
He said that in 2018, Terengganu recorded 2.5% GDP growth, up from 5.9% in 2017 and 3.1% in 2016, which was an indication of the state’s unstable economic growth. .
“As such, it is very important that the agricultural sector has the opportunity to develop as the sector promises high economic returns if the projects are well implemented,” he said in the text.
In his speech, the Sultan also praised the state government for aligning with the federal government and hoped that cooperation would benefit the people and the state.
He also congratulated the state government for its efforts in favor of the development of human resources, sporting excellence, the success of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as education, tourism, revolution industrial 4.0 and the spread of Islam.