Sunday, March 31, 2013
In a show of unity, members of non-governmental organisations (NGO), consisting of all races, presented ten giant-sized scrolls bearing more than 20,000 signatures from the public to Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar during the "Meet the Sultan" session at Istana Pasir Pelangi here this morning.
The three-metre by six-metre scrolls, to show the people's appreciation and loyalty toward the ruler, will be displayed at the Sultan Ibrahim building in Bukit Timbalan here.
The event, organised by the Johor Majlis Penyalarasan Gabungan NGO-NGO Melayu (MPGNM), saw a turnout of over 600 people from 450 NGOs who also had the opportunity to dine with Sultan Ibrahim.
MPGNM information chief Abdullah Md Yusof, said the signatures were collected last year during the huge gathering of Chinese, Indians and Orang Asli at the Istana Pasir Pelangi.
"On that day, we managed to collect over 20,000 signatures on the scrolls to show their love for the Sultan and their loyalty toward the State.
"We pledge our full support to our Sultan and to Johor," he said when met after the event.
He said all the NGOs regardless of race and religion will stand in unity whenever the need arises.
"The Lahad Datu intrusion, for instance, is a good testimony of that.
"Both the Chinese-based NGOs and Indian-based NGOs came and gave their full support when a group of MPGNM representatives made a trip to Sabah recently.
The Chinese-based NGO was represented by Johor Baru Tiong Hua Association president Lim Ik Kim, Indian-based NGOs by Taman Putri MIC branch chief S. Suppayah.
rlier, Abdullah, Lim and Suppayah took turns to individually to pledge their loyalty to the the Sultan and the State.