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King calls for unity

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (pic) has called on Malaysians to forge stronger unity and cooperation to enjoy continued harmony and prosperity while maintaining the nation’s sovereignty in 2020.

The King decreed that the beginning of a new year should be celebrated by removing any basis for racial prejudice among the people for the sake of unity, harmony and the spirit of love for the country.

“First and foremost, let’s be grateful to Allah for all the success, unity and prosperity that we and our country have achieved in 2019 and in every passing year.

“Indeed, we should always look back and learn the lessons from all incidents and challenges that we have gone through that year so we will be able to improve ourselves, our families, our communities and our country, ” His Majesty said in a statement issued by Istana Negara yesterday.

Sultan Abdullah said unity would flourish in a peaceful environment where the people were trusting, sincere, friendly and respect each other.

“I’m of the opinion that this is the only recipe needed to unite the people of different races, especially in our beloved country, Malaysia.

“Hence, I would like to remind all Malaysians to maintain unity and harmony we have largely enjoyed over the past 62 years because many issues related to racial and religious sensitivities have been raised lately.

“Just like our previous heads of state, I really wish to see my beloved country, Malaysia, continue to be united, harmonious and progressive and I believe this wish is shared by all Malaysians, ” said the King.

Sultan Abdullah added that every Malaysian should know that unity was vital to ensure continued prosperity in Malaysia.

His Majesty said the young generation, especially, has a huge role to play to continue the efforts taken by the country’s previous leaders as the Statistics Department’s record showed that in December 2018,68% of Malaysians were under 40 and 51% were under 30.

Sultan Abdullah also called on Malaysians to set a new year’s resolution that includes preserving and promoting noble values that have long been the catalyst for harmony, peace and prosperity in the country.

“May Allah continue to bless this sacred land of Malaysia, along with its leaders and the people, in the year 2020, ” said His Majesty.

Sultan Abdullah said 2019 has had a huge significance for him as he was elected and installed as Malaysia’s 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Head of Islam and the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

“Alhamdulillah (All praises be to Allah), time flies so fast and 2019 has come to an end. We will now enter the year 2020 with new resolutions. Raja Permaisuri Agong and I are very grateful for this opportunity and we wish all Malaysians, locally and abroad, a very happy New Year 2020, ” said the King.

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Sultan Nazrin: Islamic nations must help Muslim refugees

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Not a dry eye: delegates wiping tears away while looking at the image of Alan during Sultan Nazrin’s royal address at the closing ceremony of the KL Summit at the Kuala Lumpur convention centre. —Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim countries must lead the way in lending assistance to Muslim refugees, says the Sultan of Perak.

He said they could do much more as they grow more developed.

Islamic nations, said Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, must step up in providing aid and help to Muslim refugees as more than a third of the 26 million refugees in the world came from Muslim-majority countries.

“At present, the harsh reality is that Islamic nations simply are not doing enough. That is not to say that no Muslim-majority countries are doing their share to alleviate the crisis.

“The Muslim world could do much more, particularly as it develops and grows in wealth and power,” he said in a royal address at the closing ceremony of the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019 here yesterday.

He recalled how a Syrian refugee remarked in 2015 that he would tell his children that “Syrian migrants fled their country to come to Europe when Mecca and Muslim lands were closer to them”.

Sultan Nazrin also expressed hope that the world would never forget the heart-breaking image of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned as he and his family attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing to Europe.

“They sometimes say that a picture speaks a thousand words, but I think that this picture left us with no words at all. This was a heart-rending tragedy. There are surely many, many more, neither seen by the world nor heard by it.

“For Muslims everywhere, the enduring message should be this: that Muslims rendered nationless should not have to hazard the perilous journey to Europe in order to feel safe, comfortable and secure.”

He pointed out that as Muslim nations became more affluent and developed in terms of technology, education and work opportunities, they were able to offer “hopeful, safe and productive lives” to Islamic refugees seeking new homes.

Sultan Nazrin expressed his hope that the dialogue at the summit, with its diversity of voices from different countries, would lead to actionable measures being taken by the Muslim countries.

“A failure to translate conversation into policies and action – a failure to capitalise on the dialogues and relationships begun at this summit – will result, quite simply, in nothing more than a talk fest.

“It is my sincerest hope that when this summit next meets, it will be to focus on the progress that has been made in implementation and the challenges that remain,” he said.

He also announced that the Kuala Lumpur Summit would now be renamed Perdana Dialogue.

“This is, I believe, a hugely significant name change, reaffirming this summit’s commitment to the power of collaboration and conversation, while at the same time emphasising the responsibility that befalls us all, to ensure the outcomes of these discussions are implemented without delay.”

Agong dedicates 2019 Diamond of Asia award to late father

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
(File pic) Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has dedicated to his late father Almarhum Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah the prestigious Diamond of Asia 2019 award. (BERNAMA)

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has dedicated to his late father Almarhum Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah the prestigious Diamond of Asia 2019 award.

The award was bestowed on him by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in recognition of His Majesty’s contributions spanning more than three decades to football in the continent.

In his pre-recorded acceptance speech broadcasted at the AFC Annual Awards Hong Kong 2019 ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday night, Al-Sultan Abdullah said he was grateful to be able to honour his father’s legacy, as he had contributed immensely to football in Malaysia and Asia.

“He is my source of inspiration and it is to him that I dedicate this award,” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Istana Negara today.

His Majesty also paid tribute to colleagues who devoted their time and wise counsel through the years that brought Asian football to where it is today.

Al-Sultan Abdullah is the 15th recipient of the award, and joins his late father, the 2011 recipient, as the only father and son duo to be bestowed the highest individual accolade in Asian football history.

The award was presented in advance to His Majesty by AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in a special ceremony at Istana Negara here on Nov 7.

In his speech, His Majesty also said football had been in his blood since he was a child and he was honoured to be part of a distinguished list of recipients that included some of the greatest personalities and legends in Asian football.

“We have made enormous strides in recent years and I’m confident that the AFC will continue to spread the joys of the game, unite and rally diverse communities and build on its strong foundations to usher greater success in the years to come,” the King said.

Credited as one of the most progressive voices in Malaysian and Asian football, Al-Sultan Abdullah was steadfast in upholding the integrity of the game and laid down the foundation in the fight against match manipulation during his earlier tenure in 1994 as Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president.

His Majesty also chaired the AFC Governance Task Force which was responsible for delivering important reforms to help the AFC achieve its Vision and Mission objectives while ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and good governance at the Confederation.

He continued to serve FAM as vice-president until 2007 and again, from 2010 to 2014, before holding the post of president in 2014, where he introduced a comprehensive range of programmes to boost and develop the sport in the country.

Elected as AFC vice-president in 2002, His Majesty dedicated almost 20 years of distinguished service in several key positions including chairman of the Organising Committee for the highly successful AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, chairman of the AFC Technical Committee as well as the AFC Development Committee.

Widely regarded as a guiding light not only for Asian football but also for his contributions to world football, he was elected to the FIFA Council in 2015 where he served until 2019.

His Majesty also served as a member of the FIFA Technical Committee in 1995, FIFA Youth Committee and the Organising Committee of the FIFA Confederations Cup in France in 2003.

Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, noted that Al-Sultan Abdullah was not able to attend the ceremony as he was on a four-day private visit to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which ended Monday.

Ahmad Fadil said the visit was on a personal invite of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Zayed Al Nahyan in conjunction with the Formula One (F1) Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019.

He said Al-Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah arrived home at about 12.30 pm today.


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King and PM have ‘most meaningful’ pre-Cabinet meeting

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Warm reception: The King and Dr Mahathir at Istana Melawati. With them is Ahmad Fadil (second from left). — Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s 30th pre-Cabinet weekly audience with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been described as “most meaningful” by Istana Negara.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the audience at Istana Melawati here lasted for 45 minutes from 8am.

“The audience was most meaningful because it was the 30th pre-Cabinet meeting with the Prime Minister since Sultan Abdullah was elected the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in January.

“This shows that Sultan Abdullah is not only very concerned about the administration of the country, His Majesty also takes seriously the welfare of his subjects.

“Sultan Abdullah is also very meticulous.

“His Majesty always scrutinises at length Cabinet notes and memorandums as well as reports a day before the pre-Cabinet meetings, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ahmad Fadil said the King was very attentive during the audience and jotted down details of the discussion with the Prime Minister.

He said the pre-Cabinet meeting was among the weekly activities or the main routine of His Majesty to discuss and exchange views with the Prime Minister.

Pre-Cabinet meetings are usually held on Wednesdays or Fridays when the Dewan Rakyat is sitting.

The meetings will go on even if the Prime Minister is unable to attend, with the Deputy Prime Minister standing in.

The pre-Cabinet meeting, however, will not be held if it falls on a public holiday or if an official national event or ceremony takes place that day, like when the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition took place in March.

Ahmad Fadil said the King advised the people to be patient and place their faith in the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in the efforts to develop the country.


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8,000 attend TYT’s birthday parade

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Tun Juhar (third left) and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah (fourth left) with Datuk Seri Shafie (second left), Datuk Shuryani (left) and Datuk Jaujan (fifth left) and Datuk Nordin upon their arrival at Padang Merdaka for the parade yesterday.

KOTA KINABALU: Some 8,000 people from all walks of life gathered to celebrate the Head of State Tun Haji Juhar Datuk Haji Mahiruddin’s 66th official birthday at Padang Merdeka yesterday.

The attendees were treated with the yearly ceremonial parade, which saw a total of 74 contingents comprising 2,844 participants engaging in the colourful yearly affair.

Among those present at the event were Tun Juhar’s wife Toh Puan Norlidah Tan Sri RM Jasni; Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Shafie Apdal and his wife Datuk Shuryani Shuaib; Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, Datuk Christina Liew and Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong, other cabinet ministers, Mayor Datuk Haji Nordin Siman and heads of departments.

The ceremony started around 8am with the Governor receiving the royal salute from the guard of honour while followed by the national anthem ‘Negaraku’ and the state anthem ‘Sabah Tanah Airku’.

Tun Juhar then proceeded to inspect the contingents.

Apart from the ceremonial parade, Tun Juhar and the other guests were also treated with special performances from Sabah Credit Corporation and the Sabah Cultural Board.

The ceremonial parade were divided into five categories, namely, the Public and Private Higher Learning Institutions (IPTA /IPTS) Category, the Private/Commercial Category, the NGO Category, the Non-Uniformed Governmental Department Category and the Official Uniformed Government Department Category.

UiTM Sabah’s Komander Kesatria, Sabah Parks, Persatuan Kadet Bomba dan Penyelamat Tuaran, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Sabah Forestry Department emerged as champions in the aforementioned categories, respectively.

Following the parade, an investiture ceremony was then held at the Istana Negeri followed by a dinner reception at the State Legislative Assembly’s Banquet Hall.

To celebrate the Head of State’s birthday month, various activities will be held during October and November, among which are the Tea Ceremony with the Special Children and Orphans (October 10 at Nexus Spa and Resort Karambunai; the ‘Dirgahayu Tuan Yang Terutama’ Special Exhibition (October 15 at the State Museum); a high-powered motorcycle convoy from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Belud, led by Tun Juhar himself (October 19); the Excellence Award for State Athletes (October 22 at Sutera Harbour) and many more.

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KL decked out in royal yellow for Agong’s birthday

Monday, September 9th, 2019
Main roads across the city and near Istana Negara here are festooned with yellow banners and posters featuring the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his consort, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, for the King’s official birthday celebration, today. –fotoBERNAMA (2019) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR: Main roads across the city and near Istana Negara here are festooned with yellow banners and posters featuring the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his consort, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, for the King’s official birthday celebration, today.

The vibrant displays also include congratulatory messages to the Agong, who turns 60.

In addition to decorated thoroughfares, various buildings in the city have also been adorned with royal banners featuring congratulatory messages.

Social media platforms are also teeming with birthday wishes, with the Twitter accounts of various government agencies, private sector organisations and netizens featuring good wishes and prayers for the King’s continued well-being.

The festivities at Istana Negara today include the conferment of federal awards and medals, and a royal tea ceremony.

By BernamaNew Straits Times.

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King gives Queen sweet note of appreciation

Monday, August 5th, 2019
His Majesty said the Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, had contributed greatly to the preparations to ensure that the ceremony went smoothly.-Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today publicly thanked the Raja Permaisuri Agong for her hard work in making a success of his installation as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

His Majesty said the Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, had contributed greatly to the preparations to ensure that the ceremony went smoothly.

“I would like to personally thank my beloved wife for giving her focus and attention to the preparations to ensure everything was carried out to perfection,” he said when opening the Pameran Raja Kita exhibition at the Royal Museum here.

“I believe we have benefited a lot from the Raja Permaisuri,” said Sultan Abdullah.

His Majesty’s public acknowledgement of the Queen’s effort took an even sweeter note when he disclosed that today is the birthday of Tunku Azizah.

“I would also like to announce here that today, Aug 5, is the birthday of the Raja Permaisuri. Let’s pray for my wife to have a long life, to excel at cooking, much more which we can learn from her, to always be in good health and be blessed by Allah,” he said.

Sultan Abdullah also expressed his appreciation to the Cabinet, Istana Negara staff and all other parties which were involved in the installation ceremony.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad), Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail), the Cabinet, especially Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa who was responsible for managing the preparations, the Prime Minister’s Office, the office of the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister and also Istana Negara,” His Majesty said.

The installation of the King was held last Tuesday at Istana Negara in a ceremony that was steeped in Malay Sultanate tradition.

After Sultan Abdullah had finished speaking, Tunku Azizah struck the gong three times to mark the opening of the exhibition.

A total of 198 items from the personal collection of Their Majesties, including their wedding gifts and documents, and royal regalia on loan from Istana Negara, the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, Istana Abdulaziz and Istana Abu Bakar, are on display at the exhibition. – Bernama

By Bernama

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King and Queen break fast with PM and VIPs.

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah attended a breaking of the fast with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Cabinet members at Istana Negara. Also present was the Prime Minister’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Other VIPs who attended the event last night were Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. Foreign representatives from Yemen, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Senegal, Bosnia Herzegovina, Palestine, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Thailand, Bangladesh, Japan, the Philippines, India and Brunei were also feted at the event.

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States need sustainable ties with Federal government

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Johor Menteri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal (left) with former menteri besar Datuk Osman Sapian at the handing over of duty ceremony at the Menteri Besar’s office in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri, Johor on April 15. (Pic by NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM)

THE politico-administrative order for stability, peace and progress in all states of the Federation of Malaysia, formulated on the principle of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, is specified in the Federal Constitution.

Article 1 (2) of the Constitution states: Malaysia is a federation of 13 states. Article 39-42 details the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Article 73-91 explains the relationship of the various states with the federal government. Among others, these provisions regulate “inconsistencies between federal and state laws” (Article 75); “obligation of states towards the Federation” (Article 81); and “acquisition of land for federal purposes” (Article 83).

These articles are further enhanced by several schedules. The Fifth Schedule is about “the Conference of Rulers”; the Eight Schedule explains “Provisions to be inserted in state constitutions”; the Ninth Schedule contains federal and state “Legislative Lists”; and the Tenth Schedule specifies “grants and sources of revenue assigned to states”.

These articles and schedules, crafted by the Reid Commission in early 1957, which form the fundamental politico-administrative order of states and the federal government, became part of the Federal Constitution with the blessings of all the Malay rulers, Queen of England, British parliament, Malayan Federal Legislature, and the various state assemblies in Malaya.

The above order was also debated, vetted, articulated and agreed upon by all stakeholders, including the general Malayan population, numerous religious and race organisations, as well as national political parties.

The inclusion of this order was legitimised by the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957, passed by the British parliament on July 31, 1957, which incorporated nine Malay states as well as Penang and Melaka into the Federation of Malaya.

Clause (1) of the Act, states: “… the approval of parliament is hereby given to the conclusion between Her Majesty and the rulers of the Malay states of such agreement as appears to Her Majesty to be expedient for the establishment of the Federation of Malaya as an independent sovereign country…”

Clause (2) (a) of this Act adds: “Any such agreement as aforesaid may make provision for the formation of the Malay states and of the Settlements of Penang and Melaka into a new independent Federation of States under a Federal Constitution …”

The order for Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore was incorporated into the Federal Constitution through the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963. Singapore, however, was separated from the Malaysia federation on Aug 9, 1965.

Based on the above, it is imperative for all state governments to establish sustainable relations with the federal government, in the interests of their stakeholders, namely the Malay rulers, the ruling party, the citizens, the Malaysian parliament and the state assemblies.

A recent testimony to this was reflected in the appointment of Dr Sahruddin Jamal as Johor’s new menteri besar, replacing Datuk Osman Sapian who resigned on April 8.

The royal consent given to this appointment by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar was to reinvigorate the state’s royalty-polity strategic partnership based on the principle of constitutional reciprocity.

This leadership change was also to enhance the state government’s competency, professionalism and effectiveness; to accelerate the state’s socioeconomic development and industrial progress; and to strengthen its security management and law enforcement.

This is due to the fact that Johor is an important frontier state with numerous challenges in protecting Malaysia-Singapore interdependency in trade, economy and security.

The change is equally important because Johor, which recorded a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in 2017, is among the biggest contributors to Malaysia’s gross domestic product, ranking fourth after Selangor, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, and Sarawak.

It is also because Johor is an emerging industrial hub for “oil and gas, bio-economy, green technology, halal-based products, hospitality, services and logistics”. Up to December 2017, RM253 billion had been invested in Iskandar Malaysia, the state’s prominent growth centre.

Johor also requires competent leaders to transform it into a “new economic powerhouse in the southern region”. This is because economic progress and political stability are essential ingredients of national security.

As such, it was wise for the Johor sultan to advise Dr Sahruddin to carry out his duty as menteri besar, “with honesty, sincerity and trust” in the interests of Johor, its people and economic prosperity.

It was also pertinent for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, to suggest the formation of the Johor Economic Council to assist in the management of the state’s economic development and industrial progress.

By Datuk Dr Ruhanie Ahmad.

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Dr M: Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, not absolute

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is a country that practices a constitutional and not an absolute monarchy, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr Mahathir’s remarks comes soon after Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar statement, who asked certain quarters to stay out of state affair.

“We have stated that the Federated States practices a system of constitutional monarchy, not absolute monarchy,” said Dr Mahathir.

He said that while Johor may have its own state constitution, they have agreed to be part of the country’s administrative system.

“This is because the rakyat has chosen the party that has the right to pick the MB – and if the Rakyat’s right is denied, we are no longer a democracy.

“We will become a country that practices absolute monarchy,” said the Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir suggested that there should be debates on whether to accept the present system of constitutional monarchy.

by tarrence tanmartin carvalhohemananthani sivanandam,  and rahimy rahim
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