King lauds bipartisan spirit and cooperation


Royal audience: Sultan Abdullah meeting with Tengku Zafrul at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. — Photo courtesy of Istana Negara

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Aziz over Budget 2021 to be presented tomorrow.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said during the more than an hour meeting, the King was grateful to all for setting aside their political differences during the preparations.

“Sultan Abdullah was briefed on the country’s economic and fiscal situation.

“His Majesty was also informed of the Finance Ministry’s efforts in preparing the Budget since July through 40 engagement sessions involving more than 2,000 people and representatives from businesses and political parties.

“The King expressed his gratitude to the government and political parties on their bipartisan spirit and cooperation,” Ahmad Fadil said in a statement.

He said Sultan Abdullah hoped the government would study all the proposals to form an inclusive and comprehensive Budget 2021.

“The King expressed hope that Budget 2021 would centre around the people, economic recovery and the effective containment of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Sultan Abdullah is also of the opinion that putting aside political and personal differences and looking after the safety and welfare of the people and the country are of utmost importance,” said Ahmad Fadil.

He pointed out that such a spirit was in line with Islamic beliefs and teachings, which was also adopted by the Malay Rulers in the special meeting at Istana Negara recently.

On Oct 25, the Malay Rulers had a meeting with the King and reminded all politicians to close ranks and support Budget 2021 for the sake of the people.

Budget 2021 will be tabled in Parliament and debated before being put to the vote.

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