Tunku Mahkota Ismail urges federal reform because he wants to ‘popularize’ the leadership – Political analyst

Tunku Mahkota Ismail urges federal reform because he wants to ‘popularize’ the leadership – Political analyst

KUALA LUMPUR: The desire of Acting Sultan of Johor, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, called for the reform of the Federal system, with Johor being treated as a partner in fact aimed at popularizing the leadership.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) political analyst, Prof Datuk Sivamurugan Pandian, said the intention, among other things, was actually aimed at uniting the different ideologies of politicians in Johor for the benefit of the people.

He said again that it is not wrong for the government of a state to make any form of demand for the progress and reform of the state.

“I believe His Majesty actually wants to see what else can be channeled to Johor as in other states.

“This is all with the goal that the development will not lead to a big gap between the existing states.

“What’s more, at this point, we can see that there is a gap between the social classes.

“So the gap between the states can be bridged if it is channeled with the amount of allocation that matches the needs at the state level.”

According to him, however, the relationship between the state government and the federal government should continue to be strengthened in order to remain in a harmonious state.

This is because of the close relationship between the state and federal governments, which can ensure that the policy implementation process can be implemented properly.

He commented on Tunku Ismail’s statement, which suggested that political parties in the state unite in a coalition known as the ‘Gabungan Bangsa Johor’ to secure the interests of the state.

Taking the example of Gabungan Parti Sarawak, which is made up of several parties, Tunku Ismail said the state is using the advantage for more effective negotiations with the Federal authorities.

His Majesty also hopes that in the future, at least 20 to 30 percent of the state’s revenue will return to Johor because all state tax revenue is currently handed over to the Federal government.

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