KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1, 2016:

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today reminded the people of the need to unite as one, casting aside racial and political differences to combat current challenges.

He said this was most important as the global economic situation was more challenging due to the drop in oil prices and property values.

“This global phenomena will surely have a direct impact on Malaysia’s economy, so I hope the people of Malaysia, especially those in the Federal Territories will continue working hard and with determination to make our beloved Malaysia prosper.

“In this increasingly challenging scenario, I also pray that the people will unite and set aside racial and political differences, as well as foster closer ties with one another,” he said.

The Agong was speaking at the investiture ceremony to confer Federal Territory Awards in conjunction with Federal Territory Day held at Istana Negara here.

Also present was the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah.

The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as well as all Cabinet Ministers.

The King also said that development planning and administrative management in all three Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan should be continued.

He said last year saw the implementation of many projects which benefitted the people including the Federal Territory Affordable Homes project and the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Project, as well as aid programmes for the homeless through the Homeless Service Centre in Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory.

Meanwhile, the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment programme at the Federal Territory level had been drawn up in line with the current economic situation which was more challenging, he said.

He added that the Kampung Baru Development Corporation also played a role in transforming Kampung Baru into a Centre for Malay Culture and Kuala Lumpur City New Economic Activity Enclave by 2035.

“Not forgotten is Labuan Federal Territory which has a lot of potential for the tourism industry, financial offshore and international banking industry, logistics hub, public and private education institutions, marine produce and development of small and medium-scale industry products.

“I hope these activities will be continued for the benefit of the people especially in the Federal Territory,” he said.

The King also reminded the award recipients this year to preserve their honour and good name in order to retain the prestige of the awards they were conferred.

Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, who was awarded the Darjah Seri Utama Mahkota Wilayah (SUMW) which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama, led the list of 322 award recipients.

Other recipients of the SUMW included the former mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Dr Elyas Omar, while Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong received the Darjah Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW) which carries the title Datuk Seri.

Today, a total of 131 recipients will receive their awards while the remainder would be accorded theirs on Wednesday.

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