Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah warned the political community on Monday (May 18) not to drag the country into political turmoil.
Emphasising that the people are putting up with hardship and facing a difficult future as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, His Majesty said they should not stoke the flames of enmity and disunity.
“The honourable members (of Parliament) should always show maturity in politics. This includes understanding the people’s grievances, championing their plight, holding to principles of justice, practising a clean political culture, and refraining from harping on religious and racial sensitivities as well as the sovereignty and position of the Malay Rulers.
“That is why my government decided that the first sitting (of the Parliament) today will only have one agenda, that is my Royal Address in conjunction with the opening of the new session of the Parliament, ” he said to loud applause from the MPs and Senators.
In his Royal Address when opening the Third Session of the 14th Parliament at Parliament House, Al-Sultan Abdullah said politicians should not allow their differences of opinion to culminate in hostility and slander but turn them into efforts to develop and unify the country.
The people, he said, should extend their cooperation to the government to enable the continuation of national development efforts.
“I believe that only through the unity of the people with the government can we build a stable, peaceful and prosperous Malaysia, ” he said.