KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah yesterday expressed his wish for the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan to be at the top in terms of ‘liveability, global competitiveness, ease of doing business and happiness index’.
He was speaking at the Federal Territory Investiture ceremony in conjunction with the 2013 Federal Territory Day, held for the first time at Istana Negara, Jalan Duta here.
He was accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Datuk Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman and Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and wife.
“We should not be complacent and easily satisfied with progress and comfort. It’s time for the Federal Territories to be on par with famous cities in developed countries,” he said.
“Hopefully, Kuala Lumpur can become one of the top 20 most livable cities in the world by 2020, as intended by the government,” said Tuanku Abdul Halim.
He urged every level of society to nurture unity and goodwill and instill noble values to generate knowledgeable citizens with integrity and who adhere to religious principles.
He also advised not to neglect human capital development in the effort to develop the physical aspect of the federal territories.
A total of 283 recipients of titles, awards and medals, led by Special Envoy for Infrastructure to India and South Asia Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu, received the conferments from Tuanku Abdul Halim. — Bernama