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Budget 2021: King’s expresses appreciation to MPs for their support

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has expressed his appreciation to MPs who gave their support for Budget 2021, says the Palace.

The King said that Budget 2021 is important to the government and authorities to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Budget 2021 was passed with a voice vote at 3.24pm in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 26).

Here is the full statement:

Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah menzahirkan penghargaan kepada semua Ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat yang telah memberi sokongan bagi meluluskan Belanjawan 2021 pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat, hari ini.

Al-Sultan Abdullah mengalu-alukan sokongan yang telah diberikan bagi kelulusan Belanjawan 2021 untuk menjamin kesejahteraan dan kelangsungan hidup rakyat serta pemulihan ekonomi negara yang terkesan akibat penularan wabak Covid-19.

Seri Paduka Baginda turut menzahirkan penghargaan kepada Ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat yang telah mendokong titah nasihat Baginda pada 28 Oktober 2020 lalu untuk memberi sokongan demi kesejahteraan dan keselamatan rakyat serta kemaslahatan negara.

Sesungguhnya, selain daripada pemulihan ekonomi negara dan kelangsungan hidup rakyat, Belanjawan 2021 amat penting kepada Kerajaan dan pihak berkuasa, khususnya petugas barisan hadapan, untuk meneruskan dan melancarkan dasar serta usaha membendung dan menangani ancaman wabak Covid-19.

Selaku Ketua Negara, Al-Sultan Abdullah amat menghormati setiap parti politik yang berdaftar di negara ini.

Seri Paduka Baginda juga menghargai peranan dan amanah yang dipertanggungjawabkan kepada Ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat dalam membela kebajikan rakyat.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Seri Paduka Baginda amat menghargai komitmen dan semangat muafakat serta gandingan bahu setiap pihak kerana ianya amatlah penting bagi mengekalkan momentum pemulihan ekonomi demi kesejahteraan bersama.

Marilah kita sama merenung firman Allah Subhanahu wa Taala dalam Sural AnNisa, ayat 85 yang bermaksud: “Sesiapa yang memberi syafaat (bantuan dan pertolongan) yang baik nescaya ia akan memperoleh bahagian (pahala) daripadanya. Dan sesiapa yang memberi syafaat (bantuan dan pertolongan) yang buruk nescaya ia akan mendapat bahagian (dosa) daripadanya. Dan ingatlah Allah amat berkuasa atas tiap-tiap sesuatu”.

Al-Sultan Abdullah turut menzahirkan keyakinan penuh kemampuan Kerajaan untuk menerajui pentadbiran negara pada saat negara sedang diuji dengan pelbagai krisis ini.

by Dato’ Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Istana Negara

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/11/26/budget-2021-king039s-expresses-appreciation-to-mps-for-their-support

Agong declares Emergency for Batu Sapi Parliamentary constituency

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today made a Proclamation of Emergency for the Batu Sapi Parliamentary constituency, in effect cancelling the by-election for the seat.

The Proclamation of Emergency based on Clause (1) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution was made after studying the explanation given by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who had presented his advice based on a decision taken at the Cabinet meeting.

“With this declaration, whatever proceedings that had started for the purpose of conducting the by-election for P.185 Batu Sapi would not be continued for the sake of controlling and preventing an outbreak of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and another date will be set for the by-election.

“Therefore with this His Majesty has consented that the Declaration of Emergency Proclamation for P.185 Batu Sapi, Sabah be implemented as a proactive step to curb the COVID-19 pandemic,” Istana Negara said in a statement today.

The Election Commission (EC) had set Nov 23 for nomination, Dec 1 for early voting and Dec 5 for polling for the Batu Sapi by-election.

The by-election was called after Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Datuk Liew Vui Keong died of lung infection on Oct 2.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in the statement, said Al-Sultan Abdullah was very concerned over the safety of the people in view of the spike in COVID-19 clusters and cases in the country after the 16th Sabah state election on Sept 26.

“In this regard, His Majesty is of the view that it is very appropriate for the by-election to be cancelled and postponed for the sake of the people’s safety and country’s well-being,” he said.

He said the consent of His Majesty was given based on the lessons and experience of the Sabah state election, which was the main factor for the third wave of COVID-19 in Malaysia.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/11/18/agong-declares-emergency-for-batu-sapi-parliamentary-constituency/

Study each suggestion, formulate inclusive Budget, says Agong

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed this hope after granting an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at Istana Negara today. Pic courtesy of  Istana Negara Facebook Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed this hope after granting an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at Istana Negara today. Pic courtesy of Istana Negara Facebook

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been advised to study in detail every suggestion it received to formulate the national Budget 2021 that is inclusive and comprehensive, and centred on the wellbeing of the people, recovery of the country’s economy and effective curb of the spreading of Covid-19.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed this hope after granting an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at Istana Negara today.

At the audience, which lasted 70 minutes, Al-Sultan Abdullah was briefed on the country’s current economic situation and fiscal outlook, as well as the Ministry of Finance’s preparations in formulating Budget 2021, an effort that began in July and involved 40 engagement sessions with over 2,000 individuals, industry players and politicians.

“His Majesty also expressed appreciation for the spirit of bipartisanship and consensus shown by the government and all political parties,” Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement here.

 Pic courtesy of  Istana Negara Facebook

Pic: courtesy of Istana Negara Facebook

Also present during the audience was Treasury secretary-general Datuk Asri Hamidon.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the opinion that the practice of political maturity by setting aside party or personal interests and differences is very important right now to ensure the people’s safety and wellbeing as well as the country which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

He said His Majesty also said it was also in accordance with the culture of syura (consultation) most encouraged by Islam as showcased by the Malay Rulers during Their Majesties’ special meeting at Istana Negara on Oct 25.

Al-Sultan Abdullah said in this difficult and critical situation, it was most appropriate for the wellbeing of the general public to be put above individual interests.

In this regard, His Majesty also expressed hope that the spirit of consensus could be continued for the wellbeing of the people and the country.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/11/638233/study-each-suggestion-formulate-inclusive-budget-says-agong

Agong consents to appointments of EAIC commissioners

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of three commissioners to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC). - NST/file picThe Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of three commissioners to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC). – NST/file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of three commissioners to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).

In a statement today, the Prime Minister’s Office said the appointments of Tan Sri Mahmood Adam, Tan Wira Aziah Ali and Datuk Alizatul Osman Khairuddin were in accordance with subsection 5(1) of the EAIC Act 2009 (Act 700).

“They were appointed for a three-year term effective Nov 1.

“Their appointments into the EIAC complete the existing line-up headed by Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan (chairman), Tan Sri Zainun Ali (deputy chairman), Datuk John Louis O’Hara and Prof Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmood,” read the statement.

By New Straits Times.

Read more  @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/government-public-policy/2020/11/637746/agong-consents-appointments-eaic-commissioners

The King is on the right side of popular opinion

Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Will we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon? - NSTP file picWill we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon? – NSTP file pic

WILL we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon?

Will it be a budget by committee with all sides of the political divide having their say? This would be great given the parliamentary circus that accompanies the tabling of the government’s annual spending bill in the past few years.

It is not because politicians have come to their senses following the king’s wishes via his much-publicised statement on the need to dial down the politics to pass 2021 Budget in this time of Covid-19.

It is because the royal communique had sort of checkmated politicians from doing what they do best, which is to cause a ruckus lest they be seen to be insolent and disrespectful.
The royal advice came as people were weary of Covid-19 and its consequences on the economy.

Keeping up with the new normal is not a very pleasant endeavour, especially with businesses scaling or closing down, many people are either having less money or out of jobs, kids are out of school, and uncertain times ahead.

People are feeling helpless looking at the numbers of increasing daily Covid-19 cases, and at the same time, hapless of the endless politicking.

The pandemic may break the spirit of many, but politicians have the unerring extraordinary resilience and obtuse insensitivity to pursue politics as usual, over all else, even during a global health crisis.

The prime ministership, for instance, is no longer coveted with humility and deference, but instead in table-thumping style. It is as if all the hardship facing the people is to be used as another excuse for politicking.

All these political plays may excite the political junkies, but for the rest of the people, it is yet another thing that we don’t really need.

Hence, the strong resonance to the king’s statement to ease off politics, to swallow each other’s pride and for everyone to work together to pass the budget. I suppose the astute politicians would have sensed the people’s relief with the king’s statement.

To not incur the wrath of voters most of the key players have promised, perhaps grudgingly, to work towards ensuring the people’s welfare and presumably see the 2021 Budget through.

Obviously, everyone will want his fair share of opinions, and pound of flesh too. Whether it is more assistance and breaks for businesses, money for regular folks, the moratorium on loans or their favourite causes.

Some say the royal advice is a lifeline for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and presumably has taken the legs out of the planned attempt to bring down his government. It was loudly suggested that defeating 2021 Budget would be a proxy vote of no confidence, and hence him losing support and the authority to lead.

It was all thought out and planned by both the government — hence the proposed emergency that has been put on hold — and the opposition, who has been tallying up potential votes and sharing promises of the spoils of victory.

However, the pandemic and politicking has lessened the appeal of persons of all-political persuasion with the public.

Someone as influential and seemingly above the fray, such as the king, stepping in to call for calm is almost like a window in a stuffy room being cracked open.

The politeness and respect to the king are not surprising, despite them all knowing that constitutionally, the government is not bound to take heed of input from the palace.

While the king’s advice or opinion is non-binding constitutionally, and in most instances, is likely be taken note of rather than be a basis for a political ceasefire and collaboration, the unholy tryst of a pandemic and unfettered politicians and political ambitions has given weight and consequence to it.

Having the king’s statement made public has also taken the wind out politicians’ sails. One not only will be seen to be impolite and discourteous to disregard his advice, but would also be dismissive of popular opinion.

I suppose people will have to swallow their pride so as not to appear “biadap” (disrespectful) to the king and be tone deaf to the people’s fears and insecurities to get the 2021 Budget going, and ironically, stave off any plan to dislodge Muhyiddin.

It will be interesting to see who would vote down the 2021 Budget, if any. Also, who would be willing to be the boor brandishing the constitution, citing the roles and responsibilities of the monarchy and the executive.

It is ironic that some politicians, given their enthusiasm for regime change, have snookered themselves. If they choose to continue to pursue their agenda despite the royal reminder, they may live to regret it.

While the palace has no role in governance, this time the king is on the right side of popular opinion. I suppose everyone will now hunker down and prepare for the 15th General Election, which is likely to be called sooner than itis due, subject to Covid-19 cooperating, of course.

By ZAINUL ARIFIN.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/11/636941/king-right-side-popular-opinion

King, Queen wish Muslims Happy Maulidur Rasul Celebration

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 29): The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah wished Muslims in the country a happy Maulidur Rasul celebration in observance of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Their Majesties conveyed their wish through a posting on the Istana Negara Instagram account today.

“Rasulullah is the best leader of all times who should be emulated by every Muslim. Let us together emulate the attitude and sunnah of the Prophet in our daily lives.

“Let us also together increase our selawat (prayers of peace and blessings) upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. May we receive intercession from Him at Mashyar,” it said.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/10/29/king-queen-wish-muslims-happy-maulidur-rasul-celebration/

Revitalised relationship continues to grow

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last year, when Erdoğan attended the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019. Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and the first lady of Turkey, Emine Erdoğan.Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last year, when Erdoğan attended the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019. Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and the first lady of Turkey, Emine Erdoğan.

A relationship that goes as far back as the 16th century, bolstered by similar interpretations of Islam as well a democratic system of governance, are just some of the reasons why Turkey and Malaysia have such strong ties with each other.

This relationship was further revitalised in 2014 with the landmark visit by then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Malaysia in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci said with that momentous visit, the relationship between both countries was elevated to a strategic partnership, and this gave impetus to further promote our relationship in multiple areas.

This led to a bilateral Free Trade Agreement which came into force in 2015, as well as a strong emphasis on defence collaborations, which continues to be among the biggest areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The latest round of high level visits from Turkey to Malaysia was in December 2019, when President Erdoğan arrived with five ministers. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down visits in 2020, we are ambitious to restart it once the situation gets better.”

“Turkey’s stance towards important issues such as Palestine, Rohingya and UN reform is quite similar to Malaysia’s. Thus, we are in good cooperation not only bilaterally, but also in multilateral platforms,” added Kavakci.

Among the areas for further cooperation included the defence industry, information technologies, health, food, tourism, agriculture, housing, environment, infrastructure, education and security.

“As the world is going through a global pandemic, we can further our cooperation in the field of public health and vaccination, while focusing also on all other areas as each of them bears importance.

In this regard, Kavakci said, as two friendly and brotherly countries, Turkey and Malaysia can cooperate a lot.

“As our two leaders agreed during their phone conversation in May, both countries are ready to fully utilise each other’s strengths in combating the spread of the coronavirus and facing the challenges post-Covid-19. Furthermore, as listed by the World Health Organisation, the Covid-19 vaccine studies in Turkey will enter the human trial phase soon.”

In the area of defence, Turkey and Malaysia have had a strong relationship since the early 2010s with the supply of armored vehicles, remote controlled weapon systems and shipbuilding projects.

Kavalci said in the last three years, intensive efforts have been put in place to bolster further collaboration, in terms of new deals between firms on both sides or attention to areas such as aerospace and maritime.

During the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition last year, Turkish defence companies concluded 10 deals and Turkey was the biggest participant in the exhibition.

“We believe that the defense aspect of the relationship will continue to be important one to watch within broader ties into years ahead,” she said.

The fight against terrorism in also an area in which both countries share similar opinions.

“I would like to thank again Malaysian authorities for their support in Turkey’s fight against the Fetullahist Terror Organisation (FETO) that was responsible for the coup attempt in 2016, which resulted in martyrdom of 251 people and injury of 2192. Condemning the July 15 treacherous coup attempt, Malaysia did not hesitate to hand over the suspects associated with FETO to the justice of our country, in 2016, 2017 and finally, in 2019,”.

“I would like to underline that Turkey’s cooperation with Malaysia in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations did not stop and it will continue. I also want to reiterate and assure that Turkey will never host any element that might pose a threat to Malaysia, in its territory,” added Kavakci.

Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci. PIC BY ANADOLU AGENCY

Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci. PIC BY ANADOLU AGENCY

Moving forward, especially with the current global situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, Kavakci said countries must consider how they can be better prepared, especially in building sustainable trade chains.

“With this spirit, we give utmost importance to further develop the economic and trade relations with Malaysia. With the new measures Turkey has taken for facilitation of trade, we now offer more opportunities for foreign importers and investors with the country’s highly developed industry, wide range of industrial and agricultural production and high-quality products.

She said with the importance placed on food security, the supply of food and agricultural products from Turkey to Malaysia has risen following the pandemic.

“Another opportunity we should work on is the halal sector. I consider that it would be beneficial for both countries to increase cooperation in halal, particularly on halal food, halal cosmetics and Islamic finance,”.

Furthermore, she added, Malaysia and Turkey can also cooperate on digitalisation and e-commerce which are two important pillars against fighting the economic side effects of the pandemic.

She said both countries, who have considerable experience in e-commerce, should bring their knowledge and experience together to find ways to cooperate in building joint e-commerce projects.

“The pandemic crisis has accelerated the pace of digital transformation. During this period, virtual trade organisations have become one of the fundamental platforms for businessmen to come together and form business relations. Turkish trade authorities are also organising virtual organisations like trade delegations, fairs etc. We invite your public institutions, industry chambers and other authorities to encourage your valuable business people to come together with their Turkish counterparts in these digital platforms,”.

“Since our economic relations rely heavily on the US dollar for trade and investment transactions, we should also encourage Turkish and Malaysian businessmen to use local currencies in their trade transactions,” added Kavakci.

With Malaysia’s key position in Asean, which has 650 million people, and Turkey’s strategic access to 53 countries including all European countries, Russia, Middle East, Middle Asia and Northern Africa and 1.6 billion people with the potential of 8 trillion dollars of trade volume, Turkey is ready and eager to collaborate with Malaysia in the field of investments.

“We are open to joint investment projects especially in defence industry, high-technology production, automotive, machinery and equipment and halal production with our Malaysian counterparts.

Kavakci said both Turkey and Malaysia were countries in strategic positions in significant regions and both countries were also similar in their interpretation of Islam and democratic system of governance.

“I can say that with the frequency of high level visits in recent years, new mutual investments, increasing trade and growing mutual interest have contributed a lot to this close relationship. Our special ties continue to flourish in an atmosphere of mutual trust and friendship,”.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/10/636361/revitalised-relationship-continues-grow

Heed to the timely advice by Agong

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (right) granted an audience to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for a pre-Cabinet meeting at Istana Negara yesterday. The King reminded MPs that political squabbling for personal interest would not benefit the country and the people would become victims at a time the country was still battling threats brought on by Covid-19.- Photo by Bernama.  The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (right) granted an audience to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for a pre-Cabinet meeting at Istana Negara yesterday. The King reminded MPs that political squabbling for personal interest would not benefit the country and the people would become victims at a time the country was still battling threats brought on by Covid-19.- Photo by Bernama.

KUALA LUMPUR: The timely advice by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to support the upcoming tabling of the 2021 Budget must be heeded by all members of parliament (MPs).

Chairman of the Alliance for Safe Community Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the King’s call for all MPs to support the budget clearly shows that Al-Sultan Abdullah has been very much in touch with the ground.

“The King has been talking heavily about the affairs of the nation, where his concern lies in the country, its stability, and the welfare of the people.

“Hence, all MPs should put aside their differences and give their support for the 2021 Budget,” he told New Straits Times today.
Lee said the upcoming budget would outline proposals on how to address various issues that the country is currently facing, especially with regards to Covid-19.

“These include how to equip the Health Ministry with funds and allocations, as well as the necessary measures to tackle Covid-19.

“Also measures to help badly affected groups due to Covid-19, along with a lot of proposals to be tabled. Hence, the budget must be approved.”

Lee said that should the budget did not get approval, there will be no government spending, and without the budget, many people will be affected.

Lee said Parliament is the only appropriate place to pass the budget, following the role of parliamentary institution.

“There are too many issues right now in the country and tough times for everybody. Hence, they (the MPs) must have the commonality that can bring them together.

“It should be the stability of the country, the welfare of the people, and tackling the crisis of Covid.

“These are so important and override the politicking.”

Lee said the opposition MPs should be allowed to express their views on the 2021 Budget.

“The opposition MPs, of course, they want to be free to speak up, to ask questions about the budget and seek clarifications from the ministers, among others.

“However, when it comes to passing the budget, they must give their support because it is for the interest of the country.

“The budget is for the country, for the people and especially when the country is facing a crisis.”

Lee said he believed that all the MPs are matured enough and will heed to the advice of the King.

“Although all the MPs have their political ideologies, when it comes to the funds to be spent for the country and people to tackle the crisis, I think they should give their support to the budget.

“The politics will go on and we cannot expect the MPs not to talk about politics. However, it should be done at the right time, after we have managed to deal with various issues and rehabilitate the economy while waiting for the vaccine.”

Lee said from his point of view, most parties were responding well to the advice by the King.

“They know the urgency of the situation. (And) coming from the King, they also want to show their respect.”

Yesterday, Al-Sultan Abdullah advised MPs to fully support the 2021 Budget for the sake of harmony and the rakyat’s livelihood as well as for economic recovery, all of which have suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued by Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the King stressed that the budget, due to be tabled in Dewan Rakyat on Nov 6, was important to the government and the authorities, particularly front liners to continue implementing policies and carry out efforts to curb the pandemic.

The King also reminded MPs that political squabbling for personal interest would not benefit the country and the people would become victims at a time the country was still battling threats brought on by Covid-19.

Ahmad Fadil said the King made this decree after an audience with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the pre-Cabinet meeting at Istana Negara earlier yesterday.

By Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/10/636333/heed-timely-advice-agong

Rakyat, particularly politicians must respond positively to King’s decree

Monday, October 26th, 2020

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): The retention of the status quo will be meaningless if the people, particularly politicians, do not respond positively, said Alliance For Safe Community chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said this followed the decision by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Malay Rulers that there will be no declaration of emergency and the status quo remains.

He said the King had shown the way and it is now for the people to respond positively.

“This is not the time to try to win brownie points. Instead, this is the time for all the rakyat, the business community and the politicians to put our shoulders to the wheel to address the multifarious challenges facing the nation,” he said in a statement here today.

Lee also said this is the time for solidarity and for singleness of purpose to ensure the nation’s stability as the country is now facing many problems to tackle, all at the same time.

The King decreed yesterday that there was no need to declare an emergency in the country.

Al-Sultan Abdullah decreed that the matter was decided after carefully considering the request put forth by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and discussions with the Malay rulers, besides looking at the current situation in the country.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/10/26/rakyat-particularly-politicians-must-respond-positively-to-kings-decree/

Malaysian Bar welcomes Agong’s wise move

Monday, October 26th, 2020

Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): The Malaysian Bar today welcomes and hails the wise move of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to protect the interest of rakyat by not declaring a state of emergency under Article 150(1) of the Federal Constitution.

Its president, Salim Bashir, said they echoed the views of His Majesty and the Malay Rulers that there are already current laws and mechanisms that have wide-ranging and comprehensive powers to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Malaysian Bar, therefore, urges politicians and the public to adhere to the rule of law and the Constitution, and to respect the Royal Decree,” he said in a statement here.

He also said that peace and stability, without question, supersede any form of disputes between politicians from differing factions and what the nation now needs is to focus on the health and welfare of the rakyat.

“Sufficient support must be provided to doctors, nurses and all those involved in the fight against the invisible enemy,” he said.

by Bernama.

REad more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/10/26/malaysian-bar-welcomes-agongs-wise-move/