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Agong grants audience to Qatar ambassador

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah with Ambassador of Qatar to Malaysia Fahad Mohammed Kafoud at the Istana Negara, today. -- Pix from Istana Negara’s FBYang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah with Ambassador of Qatar to Malaysia Fahad Mohammed Kafoud at the Istana Negara, today. — Pix from Istana Negara’s FB

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience to the Ambassador of Qatar to Malaysia Fahad Mohammed Kafoud at the Istana Negara, today.

Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said during the one-hour meeting, Al-Sultan Abdullah also received a briefing from Fahad on Qatar’s preparations for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah also accepted from the Qatari Ambassador, the presentation of replicas of all eight stadiums that have been built in Qatar for the next World Cup, where each stadium features the unique living concept of the Middle Eastern community in its design and architecture,” he said in a statement.

The stadiums are the 40,000-seat Khalifa International Stadium; Al Bayt Stadium (60,000 seats); Al Janoub Stadium (40,000); Al Rayyan Stadium (40,000); Education City Stadium (40,000); Ras Abu Aboud Stadium (40,000), Al Thumama Stadium (40,000) and Lusail Stadium (80,000).

Qatar is the first Islamic and Middle Eastern country to be chosen to host the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to take place from late November to mid-December 2022.

Ahmad Fadil said during the meeting, Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed his deep interest in football, and said he followed the developments of the sport closely, especially in the Asian region.

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

His Majesty has also previously served as the vice president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), besides being a member of the ASEAN Football Association (AFF).

In terms of bilateral trade, Ahmad Fadil said Qatar was the fourth largest trading partner for Malaysia in West Asia in 2019, after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with total trade worth RM3.43 billion.

by Bernama.

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Agong: Uphold, practise Rukun Negara principles always

Monday, August 31st, 2020
 Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah attend the live telecast of the National Day programmes on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) in Dewan Serbaguna Dataran Pahlawan Negara. - BERNAMA picYang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah attend the live telecast of the National Day programmes on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) in Dewan Serbaguna Dataran Pahlawan Negara. – BERNAMA pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Rukun Negara that was instituted 50 years ago as the basis of national unity and formation of the country is not merely to be upheld symbolically each time the pledge is recited on the National Day.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdulllah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said the soul and spirit of the Rukun Negara should be appreciated and practised in all aspects of daily life instead.

“The five principles of Rukun Negara forms the formula of how the people of various races, religions, cultures and languages can overcome differences and diversity to live in peace and harmony.

“The Rukun Negara also demands a nation-state that is formed on the strength of strong religious beliefs, while the people are required to be loyal to the King who is the umbrella and symbol of the country’s sovereignty,” he said.

His Majesty said this in his Royal Address in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Rukun Negara and National Day 2020, which was broadcast live by television stations, including Bernama TV, here today.

The celebration was held in Putrajaya.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong said the core principles outlined in the Rukun Negara are universal in nature that cuts across noble values of all nations and religions and capable of becoming a guide for the citizens of an independent nation.

Therefore, Al-Sultan Abdullah said the principles should serve as a guide and be practised by all quarters, including the country’s leaders, the government and Malaysians.

At the same time, Al-Sultan Abdullah also reminded all quarters to respect and defend all things that matter, including privileges and rights that had been agreed upon and enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

“Justice in this country is bound by laws that must be respected and complied with by every citizen regardless of rank and title,” said His Majesty.

Meanwhile, in celebrating National Day, themed “Malaysia Prihatin” (Malaysia Cares) this year, Al Sultan Abdullah congratulated the government for efforts made to strengthen the country’s economy, as well as continuing to safeguard the welfare of the people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also thanked the people for their resilience and determined spirit in facing the setback.

In conjunction with the National Day celebration and the 50th Anniversary of Rukun Negara, His Majesty called on the people to appreciate and safeguard the country’s independence and peace.

“Indeed, peace and harmony in a multiracial society is the backbone of a nation’s strength.

“I am confident, if the spirit contained in the Rukun Negara continues to be appreciated and firmly embedded in the soul of every Malaysian, Insya-Allah, our country will continue to remain peaceful and harmonious, and become a strong and prosperous nation, with people that are united,” he added.

His Majesty, together with the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, also took the opportunity to pray for Malaysia to be protected and blessed with everlasting peace, harmony and prosperity, and for Malaysians to remain united.

His Majesty ended his speech by extending his National Day and 50th Rukun Negara anniversary wishes to all Malaysians.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/620858/agong-uphold-practise-rukun-negara-principles-always

Agong pardons 13 convicts serving life sentences

Monday, August 31st, 2020
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdulllah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has granted an early pardon to 13 convicts in conjunction with the country’s 63rd National Day today.  - Bernama picThe Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdulllah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has granted an early pardon to 13 convicts in conjunction with the country’s 63rd National Day today. – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdulllah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has granted an early pardon to 13 convicts in conjunction with the country’s 63rd National Day today.

According to Istana Negara’s Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the convicts were serving life sentences handed out by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Dec 28, 2001 on charges under Section 121 of the Penal Code for waging war or attempting to wage war or abetting to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or State Ruler or the Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

“The consent by Al-Sultan Abdullah is exercised under Article 42 of the Federal Constitution following advice by the Pardons Board of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

“All 13 convicts serving the life sentences since 2001 had appealed for a pardon on their sentences,” he said in a statement here today.

Ahmad Fadil said Al-Sultan Abdullah, upon the advice of the Pardons Board of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya which met on Sept 4 last year, had consented to the release of the 13 on a date to be announced later.

He said His Majesty, upon the advice of the same board in a meeting held on July 24 this year, then consented to the convicts’ release to take effect in Aug 2020.

Ahmad Fadil said the early pardon was due to their good behaviour while in prison, and is aimed at allowing the 13 to return to society, turn over a new leaf and live normal lives.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah also hopes that the 13 will reflect on their mistakes, repent and evaluate their relationship with God, their families and society,” he said.

His Majesty also hopes that the 13 will be able to live new lives with their loved ones, and play their role as citizens dedicated to religion, race and country, Ahmad Fadil said.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/620827/agong-pardons-13-convicts-serving-life-sentences

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.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/603682/king-visits-kl-school-witness-students-teachers-new-normal-environment

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.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/598910/leaders-mps-congratulate-agong-birthday

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

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/598914/despite-cmco-agongs-birthday-marked-far-and-wide

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.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/reflecting-on-the-law/2020/04/09/present-constitutional-dilemmas

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.

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/01/king-calls-for-unity

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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