On 19 April, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail announced a new law – an additional condition for business licences and permits. Pahang state making it compulsory for business operators to show loyalty to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Sultan of Pahang before permits and licences are issued.
How does loyalty relate to doing business?
According to Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, various quarters, including assemblymen had expressed displeasure with irresponsible quarters who had insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong recently, prompting the state executive council to approve the new ruling.
During the state legislative assembly at Wisma Sri Pahang, Wan Rosdy said that the local council and related agencies have to include a new approval requirement for business operators when issuing business licences and permits.
“Failure to adhere to the requirement will result in the business permits and licences being revoked.” Wan Rosdy hopes that the stern requirement will serve as an effective preventive measure to overcome such issues.
How will it be implemented?
There was, however, no explanation given about the method authorities will use to gauge the business operators’ loyalty towards the rulers prior to approving their licences and permits.
The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, is currently serving as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as well.
His son, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, is currently the Regent of Pahang. –Source