The suspension of Member of Parliament for Gelang Patah Lim Kit Siang today for 6 months has set the Dewan Rakyat to a new low and shows how UMNO-BN representatives are incapable of separating politics from parliamentary democracy.

In voting in favour of the UMNO-sponsored motion to suspend Lim for refusing to apologise for remarks allegedly insulting the Speaker concerning the 1MDB scandal, the BN representatives have lost their sense of what is right and wrong and abandoned the doctrine of members’ duty to speak up for the truth. Instead, they have let partisan and vindictive politics prevail over fair play and justice.

The suspension makes a mockery of the parliamentary process and marks another dark day for parliamentary democracy.

Mohamed Azmin Ali

22nd October 2015

We deplore the recent deadly bomb attack in Turkey which killed 95 victims who were attending a rally promoting peace with Kurdish rebels. While no one has claimed responsibility, the perpetrators of this ruthless attack, whoever they may be, must be brought to justice.

Our prayers and sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of those who perished in the attack. Sadly, this attack has come hardly two months after a similar attack on peace activists in Konya in July which killed more than 30 people.

Indeed, these tragic incidents, being symptomatic of the breakdown in Kurdish-Turkish peace negotiations, may well be regarded as direct assaults on peace itself. We therefore urge all sides to do their utmost to reduce tensions and work towards resolving issues in a peaceful manner.

It should not be forgotten that for the past decades, Turkey has successfully shown herself as a progressive Muslim democracy and a shining example for other Muslim nations to follow. No effort should be spared in ensuring that these achievements will not be undone.


Chief Minister of Selangor

12th October 2015

7th October 2015


We take serious note and welcome wholeheartedly the statement released by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, after the pre-council meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara yesterday evening.

We are of the view that not just the leaders but the entire nation should welcome and take seriously the concerns and views expressed in the statement. Without doubt, each and every matter expressed therein resonates with the people in as much as they share with the same degree of care and concern the issues raised by the Rulers.

We note in particular the reminder to all leaders “to always adhere to the Rukun Negara principles of upholding the constitution and the rule of law.” We believe that this reminder is not just timely for the current issues affecting the nation but should remain a guiding light at all times to all those who hold executive power.

We also agree in all conscience that the statement should not be politicized by anyone or quarter in order to gain advantage. In addition to the aforementioned matters, we would like to categorically commend the following matters raised by the Rulers:

  • That there must be transparency in the 1MDB investigations and

    no concealment of facts and the truth;
  • That failure to resolve the 1MDB matter would continue to

    negatively impact the country’s financial market and economic climate

    and at the same time, adversely affect the world’s view of Malaysia;
  • That if the issue was not wisely handled, and was allowed to

    drag on, it could jeopardise the country’s economy and the livelihood

    of the people;
  • That this could also threaten public order and national security;
  • That all leaders must constantly ensure that justice is meted

    out equitably and transparently based on the law;
  • That enforcement agencies and regulatory institutions

    including the judiciary should have transparency, credibility and

    integrity so as to be worthy of God’s trust and the people’s faith;
  • That leaders must always give priority to factors of security,

    tranquillity, peace and harmony and place national and the people’s

    concerns above their personal interests;
  • That leaders of political parties and non-governmental

    organisations must not sensationalise racial and religious issues to

    garner support from the people for their parties or for themselves;

  • That the harmony and solidarity of the people should be

    safeguarded at all times and never be sacrificed for shallow political


We cannot overstate the profound importance of the aforementioned views and concerns of the Rulers as so clearly and firmly articulated in the statement. On behalf of the Rakyat of Selangor, we commend our highest regard for their Royal Highnesses and express our deep and sincere appreciation for the views expressed and the invaluable advice given.

Mohamed Azmin Ali

Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor

1. Thank you for being here today. We are greatly honoured by your attendance and I wish to express my appreciation for being invited to grace the occasion and to officiate the launching.

2. As the saying goes: “Ideals are like the stars; you can’t touch them. But like the mariner sailing the ocean, you chart your course by them, and thereby reach your destination.”

3. To my mind, today’s event is very much connected to this reaching out for the stars, an earnest motivation to realize our ideals by sustained effort, dedication and hard work.

4. Indeed, it may just be one small step in the grand scheme of things but for the State of Selangor, this tiny step may well turn out to be a giant leap for our ideal of transforming Selangor into a world-class Smart State.

5. However, this dream will never be realized unless we are prepared to mobilize all efforts to galvanize our infrastructure and technological capabilities towards a common goal.

6. In this voyage, all parties and sectors must pool their resources for optimal use and while the State Government must and will provide the facilitative role, the private sector, particularly businesses and commercial enterprises must be proactive and become the main drivers.

Ladies and gentlemen,

7. As many of us here today are well informed about the pervasiveness and importance of Information Technology, internet use and extent of the role of smart devices in our daily lives, I will not bore you with the facts and figures in this regard.

8. Nevertheless, to celebrate today’s launching, please allow me to touch on three specific areas which I believe have a direct bearing on our aspirations of becoming a Smart State.

9. These aspirations are not to be seen in isolation but should be viewed in the context of our strategic vision of catapulting Selangor onto the regional platform and from there to become a global player.

E-Commerce in Malaysia

10. Firstly, from all the leading market surveys and international reports, the indications are that E-commerce will occupy a significant portion of total commerce transactions in Malaysia in the years to come. With this exponential growth, there will also be an increase in tandem in the number of Malaysians who purchase products online.

11. In fact, our online transactions per capita are among the highest in Southeast Asia with Malaysia and Singapore generating almost half of total online retail sales.

12. It cannot be overstressed that SME participation in E-commerce is vital because SMEs constitute 99.2% of total business establishments. But their contribution towards the GDP is only 32%. The State Government wants to see SMEs contribute much more and one of the biggest ways is to have them move to E-commerce over and above their brick and mortar business.

13. Selangor must therefore be poised to take advantage of this huge market. It is incumbent on the State Government to provide the impetus for expansion including, among other things, ensuring that conditions are conducive for E-commerce to flourish.

14. In this regard, the establishment of the Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC) represents a milestone in our odyssey. The plan is to transform the state into a regional trading hub for E-commerce and to airlift the startup ecosystem.

15. SITEC is tasked to encourage SMEs in Selangor to embrace E-commerce, and to widen their market in a borderless world. It aims to help SMEs in the state to go online by providing E-commerce education and training, and helping them to sell on online shopping platforms and mobile applications.

16. It is indeed significant that SITEC has also developed Selangor Digital Creative Centre (SDCC) which will offer innovation and enterprise culture to nurture startups especially SMEs. I am told that almost 80% of the spaces are already occupied. The formation of SDCC is part and parcel of our Smart Selangor policy. I therefore applaud Invest Selangor for seeing the realization of this initiative.

Maker Movement

17. Secondly, and flowing from the first point, is that SDCC, by setting up its Maker Studio, is expected to play a crucial role in the Maker Movement and spur its dynamic expansion in Selangor. As we know, this is a technological and creative learning revolution that is happening worldwide.

18. New tools and technology are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable or even free versions of inventions, while sharing tools and ideas online to create a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers.

Internet of Things

19. Thirdly, speaking of the Maker Movement one cannot escape the discourse also on the Internet of Things, that is, the network of “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables interfacing and data exchange.

20. We are no longer just thinking of how useful or essential are IT and the internet or how much we rely on computers, networks, mobile devices, and data centres. We must start thinking how they holistically interact with us. Think of remote controls and network infrastructure and integration between the physical world and the virtual world and improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit.

21. The success and spread of the Maker Movement will depend on how we will be connected in this titanic digital matrix. And in this interconnectedness, the quest for new solutions will be recurrent, generating huge demand and promoting even greater growth.

Dawn of a new era

22. These developments tell us we are witnessing the dawn of a new era in the history of mankind. Where once digital fabrication was the exclusive domain of big-name, powerful and richly funded corporations, the Maker Movement, as a social phenomenon, is enabling less wealthy individuals in society to contribute positively and productively.

23. Together with the Internet of Things, we will be seeing more individuals and humble startups planting the seeds of innovation and harvesting the fruits of their enterprise. All things being equal, I see this is as further empowerment of the individual and greater democratization of society.

24. Putting all these developments in perspective, our efforts to date in respect of transforming Selangor into a Smart State are still, in comparative terms, preliminary and formative. Nevertheless, there are no two ways about it. Moving the state forward in E-commerce, the Maker Movement and the Internet of Things can no longer be seen as a matter of choice but rather one of sheer necessity.

25. Let these be our initial steps in the direction towards making Selangor a regional player where we will compete on a much larger scale and take on bigger challenges.

26. As a state, Selangor is not the only new player on the regional block. Many new aspirants are appearing from emerging markets and businesses conduct their affairs across borders at the blink of an eye.

27. They compete for increasing market share, offering greater value for money for their products and services and constantly searching for and providing new solutions. We are new and we have many limitations but do we back off in the face of these challenges? I don’t think so.

28. As the 19th century French novelist, Gustave Flaubert once said:

“The most glorious moments in our lives are not the days of success, but rather those days when, out of failure and despair, we rise to the challenges and fulfil the promise of future accomplishments.”

29. So, in the face of the mounting challenges along the path to success, I believe that with conviction, drive and determination, we can reap even greater harvests.

30. The competition, however, is not only on the economic and commercial front but on the level of soft power and institutional socio-political values. A state’s, and for that matter, a nation’s success will be measured not just by its economic or business index but by the state of its democratic institutions, the rule of law, freedom and justice.

31. On that note and without further ado, it is with great pleasure and with an earnest prayer for our future success that I, in the name of God, the Beneficent and Merciful, launch the Selangor Digital Creative Centre.

Thank you.