KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expresses hope that the people will continue to have self-control and adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King also advised the people to remain calm, strong and resilient in facing the movement control order and implementation of the state of Emergency in the interest of and for the safety of the people and country.
“With the implementation of the MCO, His Majesty understands the challenges faced, particularly the people’s daily economic activities that have been adversely affected by the pandemic, ” he said in a statement in conjunction with Federal Territory Day today.
“Sultan Abdullah has also expressed appreciation to the people, particularly the frontliners who have shown a high spirit of solidarity, togetherness and resilience in combating the pandemic, ” he said.
Ahmad Fadil said the pandemic had given a very meaningful lesson to Malaysians, and His Majesty was grateful that all parties could handle and fight the crisis with their caring attitude.
‘’The caring spirit is very visible through the efforts of the frontliners who toiled day and night in containing the pandemic.
“It is also clear through the noble efforts of the government and volunteers in assisting the needy and also through compliance with the SOP by the general public.
“His Majesty stresses that ‘Prihatin’ is not just a slogan but it encompasses all the thoughts that went into the drawing up of the government policy and the stage of implementation and delivery.
“Although the government is in a difficult situation, the people’s welfare is not neglected, ” said Ahmad Fadil.
In conjunction with the theme of this year’s Federal Territory Day, “Federal Territory, Caring Territory”, His Majesty also called on the people to remain patriotic and love their Federal Territory by always having a deep caring attitude towards one another.
This includes caring for the family, friends, neighbours, employees and people around.
Sultan Abdullah also reminded the people to carry out their social responsibilities and uphold noble values in their local communities to ensure continued and lasting harmony.
He added that this was in line with the theme which fitted the aspirations of the Federal Territories Ministry and its agencies of prioritising the people’s well-being and sustenance through various economic and welfare initiatives.
“His Majesty was informed that the ministry, through its Wilayah Prihatin (Caring Territory) programme, has come up with various initiatives for those impacted by the pandemic.
“These initiatives have assisted affected groups regardless of race, religion and political affiliation, ” Ahmad Fadil added.
Sultan Abdullah said the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya also acted as lifelines that generated the country’s growth by contributing 13.5% of last year’s gross domestic product.
The King said economic growth only mattered when the people had sufficient income, comfortable housing, access to quality education, good health, sustainable environment and continued security and protection.
Ahmad Fadil also took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to Sultan Abdullah in conjunction with His Majesty’s second anniversary of being appointed the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“May Allah SWT continue to bless Tuanku’s rule, Daulat Tuanku, ” said Ahmad Fadil.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also extended his well wishes to the King.
“On behalf of the whole country, I pray the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will continue to be showered with blessings, prosperity and good health as the Protector of the Nation.” — Bernama