PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 -- The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today expresses his amazement at the achievements of Putrajaya which is often showered with accolades and much talked about by leaders of foreign countries.
Sharing stories of his meeting with foreign leaders when launching the 2019 National Urban Planning Congress here today, he said there were foreign leaders who aspired to learn the achievements or plannings of Putrajaya.
‘’I wish to share a bit, there were leaders of foreign countries especially heads of nations, who have mentioned about how beautiful Putrajaya is, when I met them lately.
‘’And this is one point which we all should be proud of because there were also those among them who had expressed a desire to study the achievements or plannings which had been done by the government,’’ said Al-Sultan Abdullah to the loud applause of those present.
He said he only came to know Putrajaya better since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
‘’I admit I am a kampung man. My feelings are overwhelmed, when I enter a city. And definitely, Putrajaya is a new city for me. I might not have known much about Putrajaya if I am not holding the post of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. I would be lucky indeed to come to Putrajaya once a year,’’ her said.
Al-Sultan Abdullah also said the residents of Putrajaya should have an attitude which was in keeping with the concept of Putrajaya, namely, a smart city as were the societies in advanced countries.
‘’We hope the people who stay in smart cities are smart people. With a high level of civic consciousness, high discipline and high tolerance.
‘’I have just returned from Japan. I was able to see and hear the views (of the Japanese society) and I was excited at their attitude. Hopefully, we (Malaysians) can emulate those people who are said to be more advanced than us,’’ he said.
He also expressed the desire to be present at the 25th anniversary of Putrajaya next year.
"Don’t forget to invite me. This will enable me to together fete the historical day with a feeling of pride,’’ said Al-Sultan Abdullah.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, in his speech, at the event, said among the awards which Putrajaya had won in the town planning category was the 2018 Sustainable City of Malaysia, 2018 ASEAN Clean Tourism City and 2014 and 2016 ASEAN Sustainable City.
The Putrajaya Lake was recognised by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as one of the world heritages, namely, World Eco-hydrological Site.
The two-day 2019 National Planning Congress, which began yesterday, was held in conjunction with the World Town Planning Day celebration. Themed ‘Smart Partnership in the Digital Era’, the congress was co-organised by Perbadanan Putrajaya and Malaysian Institute of Planners and strategic partners like Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd and public universities.