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King visits KL school to witness students, teachers in new normal environment

Friday, June 26th, 2020
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah during working visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Danau Kota today.Also present, Senior Minister (Education) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (left). - Bernama picYang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah during working visit to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Danau Kota today.Also present, Senior Minister (Education) Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (left). – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah visited Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Danau Kota here, today, to monitor classes in session during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Accompanied by his son, Tengku Muhammad Iskandar Ri’ayatuddin Shah, the King arrived at the school at 10am and was welcomed by Senior Minister of Education Dr Radzi Jidin, and officials from the Education Ministry (MOE) and the Federal Territories Education Department.

Upon arrival, His Majesty had his body temperature checked and his hands sanitised.

The King was then given a briefing on the implementation of the MOE School Reopening Management Guidelines and the new normal embraced by all teachers, students and parents to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Al-Sultan Abdullah visited the school canteen, science lab, and sewing workshop, before joining a number of students to dine in their classroom while being briefed on SOPs during recess by their teacher.

Meanwhile, Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, said Al-Sultan Abdullah expressed appreciation to the MOE, school administrators and all teachers for their preparations to ensure the safety of students and to prevent the risk of Covid-19 transmission at school.

“His Majesty also advised teachers and students to continue adapting to the new normal, observing social distancing, maintaining discipline and good personal hygiene, and being compliant with SOPs during or outside school hours.

“For other students who miss seeing their teachers and friends but are yet to be allowed to return to school, the King hopes that they will be patient for the time being,” he said.

Starting June 24, 500,444 Fifth and Sixth formers at 2,440 schools nationwide were allowed to return to school as part of the RMCO.

They are candidates for the 2020 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examinations, and equivalent examinations.


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Leaders, MPs congratulate Agong on birthday

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Several government leaders and Members of Parliament congratulated the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on His Majesty’s birthday. -NSTP/MIKAIL ONGSeveral government leaders and Members of Parliament congratulated the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on His Majesty’s birthday. -NSTP/MIKAIL ONG

KUALA LUMPUR: Several government leaders and Members of Parliament congratulated the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on His Majesty’s birthday today.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he regards the concern shown by Al-Sultan Abdullah in helping to address the Covid-19 crisis, including postponing all His Majesty’s birthday celebrations, as extraordinary.

“His Majesty went to the ground to see for himself how the frontliners perform their duties at hospitals and on the road, and in His Majesty’s speech when opening the Parliament sitting last May 18, His Majesty called on all MPs to stand up and applaud all the frontliners who are fighting to save the people from Covid-19.

“His Majesty’s concern for the well-being of the people is praised by the whole nation. He truly holds to the principle of ‘Raja dan rakyat berpisah tiada’ (The Ruler and the People are Inseparable) and so does Her Majesty, the Permaisuri Agong and family members of the royal couple,” he said in a Facebook post.

Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, in his Facebook post, said he prays for Al-Sultan Abdullah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

“I and all your subjects pray that His Majesty and the Raja Permaisuri Agong will continue to be on the throne with all the glory and greatness, for Their Majesties’ long and healthy life and for Their Majesties to always be in Allah’s grace and honour,” he said,

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, on his Facebook page, also prayed for Al-Sultan Abdullah’s long life and that His Majesty’s reign will always be in Allah’s favour.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Al-Sultan Abdullah’s wisdom in ruling the country has not only enhanced national unity and social stability, but has empowered the country in going through challenging times.

“His Majesty has also raised a deep awareness of our capability as a nation, hence convinced the people to accept and meet every challenge,” he added.

Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, through their respective social media platforms, also congratulated Al-Sultan Abdullah on His Majesty’s birthday.

“I, on behalf of Pakatan Harapan and Keadilan (PKR), pray to Allah S.W.T for His Majesty and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, as well as members of the royal family, to be blessed with His mercy and guidance and always be in good health,” said Anwar.

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Despite CMCO, Agong’s birthday marked far and wide

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Greetings and well-wishes have been pouring in for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, both from leaders and the people across the country. - BERNAMA/File picGreetings and well-wishes have been pouring in for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, both from leaders and the people across the country. – BERNAMA/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s official birthday was celebrated differently this year, as Malaysians embraced the new normal amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although all celebrations have been postponed in accordance with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), greetings and well-wishes have been pouring in for the King, both from leaders and the people across the country, as well as from foreign envoys.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, representing the entire nation, was among the first to wish happy birthday to the King via his Twitter and Facebook post yesterday.

“We pray that Your Majesty will be given the strength and blessing to continue to remain on the throne with great dignity, sovereignty and prosperity,” he wrote.

Despite the postponement of his birthday celebrations, Al-Sultan Abdullah is expected to continue with his tradition to inspire and reach out to those in need, such as people at centres for the homeless, orphanages and old folks homes, as the people’s wellbeing has always been the King’s top priority.

The King’s concern for the people, especially as the country is fighting the war against the deadly coronavirus, is undisputable, as he has, on various occasions and in statements, reminded the people to play their roles to maintain discipline and be patient in observing the new normal as underlined by the Health Ministry (MOH).

The 14-day self-quarantine undergone by Al-Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah after a number of Istana Negara staff tested positive for Covid-19 is definitely something unforgettable in the country’s history.

The King has also paid extra attention to every effort made by the government to address the impact of Covid-19, especially on financial and economic matters of the country, such as unemployment and most-affected sectors of the economy.

The attentiveness shown by Al-Sultan Abdullah is not something new, but is well known, especially among the people of Pahang, as he was the Crown Prince of Pahang for 44 years.

The traits, values and humbleness of Al-Sultan Abdullah have also been reflected in the way he has discharged his duties as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong – a style which has brought Malaysia’s multiracial community closer to the monarchy.

His Majesty’s willingness to ignore protocol to help accident victims, or even to line up for his turn at a cashier counter of a fast-food restaurant in Pahang, also gained him much love and respect of the people.

Malaysians will also remember the time Al-Sultan Abdullah went to the main gate of Istana Negara to treat the media fraternity to food and drinks during the political crisis in February.

During the early stage of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March, the King had also joined frontliners to monitor the traffic situation in the capital.

Al-Sultan Abdullah strongly emphasises the importance of unity and harmony among the multi-racial community in this country and will not let them be filled with hostility and be divided, especially due to politics.

Al-Sultan Abdullah’s wisdom has also helped Malaysia emerge from the political turmoil following the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the 7th Prime Minister of Feb 24, before His Majesty consented to Muhyiddin’s appointment as the 8th Prime Minister on March 1.

In his Royal Address during the opening of the Third Session of the 14th Parliament recently, His Majesty also called on politicians to show their maturity and always try to understand the people’s grievances.

May His Majesty’s personality and reputation as the King, who always puts the people first, will be emulated by leaders in the country in order to make Malaysia a fully-developed sovereign country that is well-respected by the world. Daulat Tuanku

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Present constitutional dilemmas

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

EXCEPTIONAL crises call for exceptional responses. However, in a democratic society, the measures adopted must preserve human dignity and show fidelity to the Federal Constitution and to the principles of rule of law.

Over the last three weeks, several constitutional issues have washed up against our shores. Two of them will be covered in this article.

One is the deployment of the armed forces to enforce the movement control order (MCO) and the other is the exceptional stimulus package proposed by the executive without the authority of Parliament.

Use of armed forces: The armed forces have been called out to assist the police to enforce the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act and its derivative Regulations.

This has aroused some anxiety. Is the employment of the armed forces to ensure law and order permitted by the Armed Forces Act and the Police Act? Is this a precursor to army rule?

The fear of army rule has no basis. The Malaysian Royal Military Police Corps has a long history of assisting the Malaysian police in providing security and law enforcement.

However, army participation is subject to civilian control. It would be a waste of precious resources if the 106,000 army personnel did not put their expertise to use in these exceptional times. This should especially be so for the 461 military medical officers and five military hospitals with field deployment capability.

There are laws to enable the health authorities to seek assistance from other government departments. Section 5 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act is one such law.

Under Sections 5, 18, 19 and 24 of the controversial but subsisting National Security Council Act, the National Security Council (NSC) can control and coordinate all “Government Entities” on operations concerning national security.

Under Section 18(1), the expression “security in any area” is defined broadly to include any threat by any person, matter or thing likely to cause serious harm to the people, economy or any other interest of Malaysia.

The NSC’s powers are not limited to wars, insurrections or riots but extend to economic threats as well.

Economic package: On March 27, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a generous RM25bil economic stimulus package. On April 6, an additional RM10bil was allocated for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

As Parliament is under prorogation, there is no democratic legitimacy for these initiatives. It must be noted, however, that in late February, then interim prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had announced a similar economic stimulus package of RM20bil without any parliamentary authority.

The constitutional issue is where will the monies come from that the government intends to spend.

First, the money could be raised as a negotiated loan from abroad or domestically. The executive is permitted to do this by Schedule 9, Federal List, Item 7(c) but subject to ultimate parliamentary approval.

Second, the Finance Minister could dip into the Contingencies Fund existing under Article 103 of the Constitution to deal with urgent and unforeseen needs.

Whether the Contingencies Fund has enough balance to support these extraordinary expenses is another matter.

The spending must then be retrospectively ratified by Parliament by way of a supplementary estimate and a Supply Bill to replace the amount so spent.

The PM has announced that when Parliament convenes in May, a Supplementary Budget will be tabled to ratify this expenditure.

Third, owing to the magnitude of our problem and its urgency, Parliament could utilise its special powers under Article 102 of the Constitution to authorise extraordinary expenditure by or for our frontline agencies and personnel.

Regrettably, Parliament is not in session to make use of Article 102.

Fourth, could this money come from the Supply Act passed last year for the year 2020 under Article 104(1)(b)?

During the Budget session last year, Parliament passed a Supply Act 2020 (Act A1608) of RM297bil for all the relevant ministries, government departments and statutory bodies.

Of this, RM241bil was for operating expenses and RM56bil for development expenditure.

The Health Ministry was allocated RM29.7bil for 2020.

Due to the health crisis, could allocations approved by Parliament for one ministry be transferred to another agency or another purpose by the executive on its sole authority?

It is submitted that the law does not permit the executive to resort to such drastic reallocation.

Article 101 specifies that if an appropriation is insufficient, or if no appropriation was made, or if expenditure exceeds the money allocated, then the executive must go back to Parliament with a supplementary estimate and a Supply Bill. Parliament’s ratification is needed.

It appears, therefore, that despite very noble intentions, the government cannot withdraw any money for the stimulus package from the nation’s Consolidated Fund without parliamentary authorisation.

What can be done to tackle the issue? From the constitutional point of view, three courses of action may be adopted to legalise the stimulus package.

One, the PM should rely on the Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Order 11(3) to convene an urgent, one-day meeting of the Dewan Rakyat to deliberate on the content and efficacy of the stimulus package and to obtain a resolution.

In this special session, no other issue, including a vote of confidence or no confidence, should be allowed by Mr Speaker. If “social distancing” is an issue, then two techniques can come to our aid.

First, the MPs and Mr Speaker could do an unprecedented but manageable video conference. Second, an imaginative use could be made of the quorum rule under Standing Order 13. Twenty-six MPs are enough to permit the business to proceed.

The government and the Opposition can agree to limit the attendees to about 50 with both sides contributing 25 MPs each to enable a meaningful discussion and yet observe some social distancing in the 222-member House.

Two, and this appears to be the preferred course by the PM, the government can rely on Article 101 to prepare a supplementary estimate showing the sums required or spent and lay a Supply Bill in the Dewan Rakyat when Parliament meets in May.

Three, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, acting on the advice of the prime minister, could proclaim an emergency under Article 150 and then promulgate such Emergency Ordinances under Article 150(2B) as circumstances appear to him to require to meet the health and financial emergency.

It is hoped that immediate parliamentary participation will be chosen to show due respect to this august institution and comply with traditions of democracy.

By Shad Saleem Faruqi.

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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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