PMO: Govt has taken note of the view of the Ruler

PETALING JAYA: The view of the King as stated in a statement from Istana Negara has been noted by the government, says the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that with regard to the view of His Majesty, the government would take follow-up action based on the Federal Constitution and the laws of the country.

“The government takes note of the view of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as stated in the Istana Negara statement dated June 16.

“In several audience sessions with the King prior to this, the Prime Minister had informed and advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the ongoing management of the Covid-19 pandemic, enforcement of the Emergency Ordinances, the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, economic incentive packages, financial assistance to the people, convening of Parliament, National Recovery Plan and other related matters, ” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement issued yesterday.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said that the King and Malay Rulers had unanimously agreed that parliamentary sovereignty guaranteed good governance.

She cited upholding parliamentary sovereignty was important to allow for the prioritisation of the lives and livelihood of the people.

The Pengerang MP also made references to Articles 40 and 150 of the Federal Constitution, and Section 14 of the Emergency Ordinance.

(Article 40 refers to the King’s functions under the Constitution, where His Majesty is to act in accordance with advice, on advice, or after considering advice, and the King shall accept and act in accordance with such advice.)

In a separate statement, Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon said that Parliament could reconvene in line with the standard operating procedures and the principle of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.

On Wednesday, the King had called for Parliament to be reconvened as soon as possible.

Istana Negara Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin had said that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong conveyed this after weighing the views presented by political leaders, the Special Independent Committee on Emergency and experts as well as government agencies.

“This is to allow the Emergency Ordinance and the National Recovery Plan to be debated by members of the Dewan Rakyat, ” read the statement on Wednesday.

The statement was issued after a special meeting between the King and Malay Rulers at Istana Negara to discuss efforts to combat Covid-19.

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