Issues concerning the economy, the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to provide financial assistance to the poor were some of the issues Lim Guan Eng raised during an hour-long audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The DAP secretary-general thanked Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for granting him an audience on Wednesday (June 9) and said that the King was very concerned about the Covid-19 crisis and the economic effects on the people.
“At the same time, we hope we can expedite the vaccination programmes and because Parliament is not in session now, there isn’t a platform for the people to voice their concerns,” he told reporters outside of Istana Negara’s Gate 2.
Lim arrived at 1.57pm along with Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim.
Speaking more about his audience, Lim said that there was a need to provide assistance to the needy.
“There is a need for people facing hardship to be given help, including in Opposition areas. We hope the government will take heed of this because this is for the poor,” he added.
Lim declined to comment if the King had asked DAP’s views on the Perikatan Nasional’s government performance.
According to Lim, the Agong is well informed about claims that the government is not handling the Covid-19 pandemic well.
“I gave my opinion, not just representing the party but that of the rakyat,” he said when asked whether he had raised concerns about the government’s mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Tuanku understands and we leave it to his wisdom.”
Reportedly, Warisan president Shafie Apdal is expected to meet the King tomorrow. Previously, Pejuang also confirmed that its chairman, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is set for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong tomorrow.