King tells politicians to close ranks, be a role model for unity


THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (picture) has urged politicians to close ranks and be a role model for unity and good governance to the public.

His Majesty also said Malaysia’s parliamentary democracy, under a constitutional monarchy that upholds the supremacy of the Federal Constitution, will continue to be upheld amid the Emergency period.

In a statement issued by Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, His Majesty was quoted as saying that until the Emergency ends on Aug 1, all efforts should be prioritised towards combatting Covid-19 and the nation’s economic recovery.

The efforts include affirmative actions, as well as the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to ensure the people and nation’s wellbeing.

“Politicians should be the role model to the people with regard to unity and good governance. Let the arrival of the holy month of Ramadhan be a good start to improving the country’s political landscape to one that is cleaner, more civil and with more integrity,” His Majesty said based on the statement.

“While the country and people are still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, political stability is vital to attract foreign and domestic investors to stimulate the country’s economic recovery,” the statement added.

“His Majesty also advised them to focus on fulfilling their responsibilities and trust in helping the people impacted by the pandemic regardless of their political beliefs.”

With the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (MCO) and the Recovery MCO, His Majesty also decreed that all events to be held during Ramadhan should be in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulations set by the government.

Sultan Abdullah advised Muslims, especially the frontliners, to remain strong during the fasting month while working under the new normal circumstances to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Muslims in the country, he said, were advised to persevere through this test and exercise self-discipline, as well as adhere to the stipulated SOPs.

“His Majesty called on all Muslims to take the blessings of Ramadhan to pray that Malaysia continues to be protected and blessed, and that the Covid-19 can be curbed and will end soon,” he added.