"... action taken without royal consent was considered an act of total disregard for the Sultan and himself."
The Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah has ordered Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to reinstate Datuk Jamry Sury as Perak Religious Department (JAIP) director with immediate effect.
The Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, acting on orders from the Sultan and in his capacity as Perak Malay Customs and Religious Council chairman, summoned Nizar to his palace here at 11am yesterday to convey the order to him.
Nizar, who was at that time chairing the Perak Water Board meeting, gave waiting reporters the slip as he rushed off to the palace to meet Raja Nazrin.
In a statement issued by the palace later, Raja Nazrin told Nizar that all Islamic matters, including those involving religious bodies and agencies, came under the jurisdiction of the Sultan.
“As such, the Mentri Besar is responsible to seek the consent of the Sultan or the Regent pertaining to issues of appointment, placement and transfer of officers and staff who manage Islamic affairs, what more a person who holds such an important post,” he said.
He added that Jamry, as the JAIP director, was also the secretary of the council and his appointment three years ago had received the Sultan’s blessings.
Raja Nazrin also said that any action taken without royal consent was considered an act of total disregard for the Sultan and himself.
“This working relationship of mutual respect has always been the working culture and convention revered by previous Mentris Besar and the palace.
“As such, it should be respected at all times,” he said.
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