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May 18 Parliament Sitting – The King’s Speech

May 18 Parliament Sitting – The King’s Speech

Kirat Kaur

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At the opening of the first Parliament session this year, history was made for the first ever 1-day sitting where only the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah gave his customary opening address before it was adjourned.

However, the YDPA touched on some important points in his speech, noting the extraordinary circumstances and hardship faced by Malaysians during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Expressing his gratitude to healthcare workers, police, immigration, military, civil defence,  National Disaster Management Agency and other agencies involved in the fight, His Majesty led the entire hall filled with Members of Parliament (MP) and Parliamentary staff to a rousing round of applause for the brave frontliners.

Following the applause, the YDPA spoke about the political turmoil that ensued following Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation as Prime Minister.

I had to elect a Prime Minister who has the majority support of the MPs. After speaking to every parliamentarian, I found that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had the majority support and elected him as Prime Minister, carrying out my responsibility as a constitutional monarch.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah
Tan Sri Muhyidding Yassin listening to the King’s speech at parliament.
(Credit: RTM)

In his speech, the King also touched on various issues surrounding Malaysians including housing, cost of living, climate change, border defence and the economy. He explained that these are the issues that his government will pay close attention to in the coming months and years.

Despite all these plans and programs towards the formation of a stable and prosperous developed country, the King pointedly stated that it can never be a reality if the nation continues to grapple with corruption.

I urge everyone to remain committed to the national anti-corruption plan so that every national development agenda will not be eroded by corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power. We must plant in the minds of our community that corruption is disgusting, dirty and must be fought to the end.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
The Opposition bench at the 18 May parliament sitting.
(Credit: RTM)

The King also advised the parliamentarians to not drag the country into political turmoil once again, especially when Malaysians are plagued by many difficulties brought upon by the pandemic.

He expresses his wish that national unity and harmony begins in the hallowed halls of the Parliament, calling for the MPs to lead by example.

As a leader, you must set the example for the people. Difference in opinions should not resort to name calling. You must show maturity, and protect the well-being of the people and the country.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The King ended his speech with a prayer for the Malaysians and the country to be blessed and protected by God, along with a Hari Raya Aidilfitri wish, and a sincere “maaf zahir dan batin” from the royal family.


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