King calls for Parliament sitting as soon as possible

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No need for the nation to remain under a state of emergency after Aug 1.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Mustafa Billah Shah today called for a Parliament sitting as soon as possible.

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King expressed his opinion after listening to the views of various people.

“After considering the views from all political leaders, the Special Independent Committee on Emergency 2021 as well as experts and members of government agencies, His Majesty is of the opinion that Parliament must sit as soon as possible.

“This is to enable the Emergency Ordinances and the National Recovery Plan to be debated by the Members of Parliament,” he said in a statement today.

According to Ahmad Fadil, the king also expressed hope for the daily number of Covid-19 infections to drop soon and that the vaccination process was the only “exit strategy” to curb the chain of infections in the country.

“His Majesty was of the opinion that the government must act firmly in reducing the bureaucracy and expedite the vaccination process for the public so the 80 per cent herd immunity target can be achieved as soon as possible.”

The King also said a stable, strong and effective government is needed for the country to recover from the pandemic, thus improving the nation’s economy.

“His Majesty is well aware of the role of Parliament as an important platform for elected representatives to sit to discuss various issues, especially matters related to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Members of Parliament can discuss the allocation of government expenditure to help the people in need and to revive the country’s economy,” he said.

Earlier today, a Special Discussion of the Malay Rulers with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was held at the Istana Negara for about two hours.

Hari Anggara

The Special Discussion of the Malay Rulers is the second in less than two years since the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The first was held on Oct 25 last year.

The Malay Rulers say there is no need for the nation to remain under a state of emergency after Aug 1.

Among others who attended the meeting are Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Also present were experts and members of government agencies who briefed the meeting on matters pertaining to health, security, politics and the economy.