SHAH ALAM, April 20 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, said today he is above politics and he and the Selangor Palace will always maintain political impartiality.
His Royal Highness said he has nothing to do with any form of political contest and does not interfere with political matters, both at the state and national levels.
"We emphasise that our position as the Ruler is above politics and should not be seen as supporting any political party," he said in a special statement issued by his private secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, here.
The statement comes as the people of the country prepare to go to the polls on May 9.
"We always believe in and honour the power of the people to elect leaders that they feel are eligible to represent them in line with the system of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy practised in Malaysia," said the sultan.
Sultan Sharafuddin urged the people, particularly those in Selangor, not to attempt to indulge in any action that could lead to clashes and chaos in the run-up to the general election.
"We hope that GE14 can be conducted smoothly in peace without any trouble among the people," he said.
Nomination for GE14 is on April 28 and early voting on May 5.