King advises all MPs to support Budget 2021 (updated)

Pic courtesy of Istana Negara

PETALING JAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has advised all MPs, regardless of party, to stop the political squabbling and give their full support to Budget 2021.

In a statement Wednesday (Oct 28), Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King stated that Budget 2021 must be passed for the sake of the people and to aid the recovery of the economy ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah advises members of Dewan Rakyat to give their full support to Budget 2021 for the wellbeing and the sustainability of their livelihoods, as well as the recovery of the country's economy which has been affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Sultan Abdullah stated that the Budget 2021 which will be presented soon is of utmost importance to the government and the authorities, especially to the frontliners on duty to continue, and to launch policies and efforts to curb and handle the pandemic from spreading.

"The King reminds the members of Dewan Rakyat that political squabbles for the personal interests of their own will only be a loss to the country and the people who are suffering from the pandemic will be the victims," said Ahmad Fadil.

He further said that the King said this after an audience with Muhyiddin at a pre-cabinet meeting at Istana Negara earlier today (Oct 28).

Ahmad Fadil also said that in the more than one hour meeting with Muhyiddin, Sultan Abdullah was briefed on Budget 2021, which will be presented in Parliament on Nov 6.

"The King expressed his hopes that Budget 2021 will stress on the economic recovery and the well-being and sustainability of the livelihoods of the people who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"He also stated that he has full trust in the ability of the Prime Minister to lead the country at a time it is being tested by various crises," said Ahmad Fadil, stating that the pre-Cabinet meeting is a main weekly routine for the King to discuss and exchange views with the Prime Minister on issues pertaining to the government.

This is the third time that the King had called on MPs from both sides of the divide to stop to all politicking and prioritise the people's well-being.

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