34th Day

Posted On August 24, 2006

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SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN,Selangor, Abode of Sincerity

Capital Shah Alam (Royal Capital: Klang)
Sultan Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 4,736,100 (est.) Malay 50.73%, Other Bumiputera 1.46% (Temuan, Mah-Meri), Chinese 28.07%, Indian 13.45%, Others 1.04%, Non-citizens 5.25% (Indonesian, Myanmar, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese)

Religious breakdown (2000) Islam 55.7%, Buddhism 24.4%, Hinduism 12.1%, Taoism/Confucianism 2.0%, Christianity 4.3%, Tribal 0.3%, Others 0.4%, No Religion 0.5%, Unknown 0.3%

Incidence of poverty (2004) 1.0%

Much of Selangor’s history was written by the ancient Melaka and Johor sultanates that controlled the state. Bugis mercenaries (from Sulawesi) were instrumental in establishing the present royal family of Selangor.

Due to its rapid economic growth, Selangor is currently the most populous, richest, most industrialized and most urbanized of all the Malaysian states. Dato’ Seri Khir Toyo declared Selangor as a developed state on August 27 2005.

1. People may receive the revelation of God’s unconditional love demonstrated by Jesus on the cross. They will realise the folly of putting their hopes in material wealth and on themselves. [Materialistic values and humanism are very much in evidence.]
2. Foreign workers: respect of basic rights, kindness and just treatment from their employers and agencies. [While often blamed for the rising crime rate, many suffer in the hands of dishonest agents and merciless employers.]
3. Divine revelation and softening of hearts for thousands of college & university students, both local and foreign. [Several major universities such as Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara along with many private colleges are located here.]
4. Against all forms of crime and immorality, for effective measures to combat social problems such as substance abuse, violence & property crimes and gangsterism. [Selangor recorded the highest number of illegitimate births nationwide as well as the highest number of robbery, rape and murder cases in 2005]
5. Wise management and good stewardship of the state’s water resources and environment. [Providing adequate clean water supply is a growing problem given the rising urban population in Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang. Many rivers are polluted.]
6. Wisdom, transparency, integrity and impartiality for Chief Minister and all local authorities in governance and implementing policies.
7. Church: Unity, effective role in issues affecting the community, excels for God in marketplace, passion in rural outreaches. Against complacency and humanistic values.

“The man of prayer understands the powerlessness of man and relies on the grace of God. For he knows that man is spirit and his labour through the flesh is in vain.” – Rev. Ron Hee


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