Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, who was sworn in as the new Perak Menteri Besar today, said he would give priority to restoring political stability and enhancing racial relations.

“I am confident that the people of Perak are matured and I can see that they have the capability to deal with the situation,” he said here.

Zambry, 47, the assemblyman for Pangkor, took his oath of office as the 11th Menteri Besar before the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, at the Istana Iskandariah here.

The economics, politics and Islamic thinking graduate said he was also confident that the Perak people would want to see political stability because if the uncertainty prolonged, it would be to the detriment of everyone.

Zambry, who is from Pangkor Island and a one-term executive council member between 2004 and 2008, said he believed that the state administration and the people would be able to weather the political situation “irrespective of its intensity.” Asked on the refusal by the former Pakatan Rakyat government to step down despite having been ordered by the Sultan of Perak, Zambry said:

“I am confident that the opposition parties would be able to understand the situation, including the provisions in the State Constitution that the sultan has the power to appoint a Menteri besar or to dissolve the state legislative assembly.”

Zambry also said that he would adopt an open attitude and that he would listen well “and do what I need to do” in running the state’s administration.

He added that although he is now the Chief Minister, “I’m still very much a down-to-earth man entrusted with the heavy responsibility of heading the state’s administration.”