Give the govt time to fulfil its promises, says Agong

The King reminded the govt to take into account the aspirations and thoughts of Malaysians

By ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN & DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Malaysians will need to be realistic in placing hopes on the government, as ample time should be given for the Pakatan Harapan administration to implement strategies for the benefit of all, said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

In his royal address at the Parliament yesterday, the King said the people should have confidence in the various mechanisms implemented by the government, although the impact may not be visible immediately.

“The people also need to be realistic when placing their hopes on the government and continue to focus on improving their own wellbeing.

“I’m sure the government will always be with the people to overcome the challenges,” he said at the opening of the first meeting of the second session of the 14th Parliament.

Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin also said the government is aware of the rising cost of living among Malaysians, thus various initiatives nationwide have been implemented to address the matter.

He said among efforts taken by the government are the minimum wage revision, financial aid, targeted subsidies, the food bank programme and enhancement of the public delivery system.

“Besides that, the government has also strengthened strategic cooperation with the private sector and non-governmental organisations in consumerism issues, as well as beefed up enforcement on any profiteering parties,” he added.

Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin, however, reminded the government to take into account the aspirations and thoughts of Malaysians before drafting any policies and plans.

“We (Malaysians) welcome the midterm review of the 11th Malaysia Plan and Budget 2019 which have taken into account the people’s aspirations and current challenges, so that the economic growth benefits all segments of the society,” he stressed.

Touching on freedom of speech and the nation’s harmony, Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin cautioned that while the Federal Constitution advocates freedom of speech, it has to be bounded by the rule of law.

“Although our government celebrates freedom of speech, it is important that this freedom is practised according to the limits accorded in the law and society’s norms.

“Actions can be taken on those who provoke through social media and cause disharmony among the people,” he said.

From left : Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Malaysia Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the 14th Second Parliament Opening Ceremony at Kuala Lumpur (Pic by Muhd Amin Naharul/TMR)

Earlier yesterday, Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah arrived at the Parliament Square at 10.08am to receive the royal salute and inspect the guard-of-honour before the opening ceremony.

Upon arrival, the royal couple were greeted by Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali; Deputy PM Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; as well as Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and Dewan Negara president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran.

The Dewan Rakyat will sit for 20 days beginning today until April 11, while the Senate will sit for 11 days from April 22 until May 9, 2019.