Sultan of Johor pledges to fight corruption during his term as the 17th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong

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Sultan Ibrahim’s five-year reign as Malaysia’s King will start on January 31, 2024

KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has pledged to fight corruption and ensure stability as the 17th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in Malaysia.

Iskandar’s five-year reign as Malaysia’s King will begin on January 31, 2021.

He emphasized the importance of a stable government with sustainable policies to fix the economy and urged for a clear line of communication between the government and the Agong.

A key cause of political instability, he said, was “sour grapes” by those at the losing end.

“You know, people contribute hundreds of millions before elections. How do you pay them back? Giving them mega projects. That’s not going to be the case the moment I’m there,” said His Majesty in an exclusive interview with the Singapore Straits Times.

He also suggested that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission should report directly to the Agong, ensuring they are not under the influence of the Parliament.

He also called for independent judicial appointments, separate from the Parliament.

“But when I’m in KL, it’s a concrete jungle, so what do I hunt? I’m going to hunt all the corrupt people. I make sure I bring results,” he was quoted as saying.

“If it comes to the Agong, it means you are not under the influence of anybody from the executive. Even Petronas shouldn’t be under Parliament, report directly to me,” he said, referring to the state oil giant.

On October 27, the Istana Negara announced Sultan Ibrahim as the 17th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, with Perak’s Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah as his deputy.


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