[Press Statement] Appointment as Minister of Economic Affairs

I offer my sincere thanks to Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Selangor for his gracious consent for me to accept the appointment as Minister of Economic Affairs and thus play a greater role in the Federal Government. The consent of His Royal Highness follows from the clarification and assurance received from YAB Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad concerning the scope of work and areas of jurisdiction of the new Ministry.

I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Sultan for the advice and guidance given throughout the duration of my administration of the Selangor State Government. Undoubtedly, the Sultan’s advice and guidance helped to strengthen my conviction to lead the state and enabled me to take Selangor to greater heights of achievement.

I would also like to express my appreciation and thanks to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his faith in my ability to assume this very challenging portfolio and to play a pivotal role in his Cabinet as Minister of Economic Affairs. Indeed, I am humbled by this appointment and accept the duty and responsibility entrusted on me to serve the nation with conviction and dedication. In all humility, I pledge to do my utmost to undertake economic reforms to save the nation from the crisis stemming from the misguided policies of the previous administration.

During my meeting with the Prime Minister on 19 May 2018, Tun Dr. Mahathir detailed the scope, functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. I expressed my views on how best the Pakatan Harapan government could deliver its promises to the people and bring about an administration that is lean, competent and effective.

To fulfil the aspirations of the people for visionary economic leadership, I am committed to developing a strong and vibrant economy, generating robust growth and value creation including substantive job creation and boosting foreign direct investment (FDI). I would like to assure both domestic and foreign investors that this new government will be one that is business and investor friendly while remaining faithful to the principles of transparency and accountability. I am resolved to enhancing the nation’s economic competitiveness so as to place Malaysia once again as the economic power house of the region. No doubt, we will remain
committed to our social justice cause and initiatives of ensuring that the wealth of the nation be distributed fairly and equitably. I am deeply touched by the affection and support shown by the people of Selangor, especially the civil service and youth. Truly, Selangor remains close to my heart and I am moved by the sentiments expressed by people on social media that I should continue to lead Selangor. Please believe me that I will continue to be with the people of Selangor as they strive for the success, well-being and prosperity of the state. It is with a heavy heart that I leave Selangor. However, I am conscious that I have an even greater responsibility to the nation and people of Malaysia. This is a call of duty to serve King and country. Thus, I have the moral responsibility to answer that call for our great nation.

Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor

Article by Azmin Ali