King opens new Dewan Rakyat term
He also warns against moves that erode public trust such as leaking of classified information
YANG di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V yesterday expressed his disappointment with fraud, corrupt practices and the disclosure of classified government information by serving and former public officials.
He said they eroded public trust.
“People need to cooperate by not giving out bribes and to refrain from possessing any unauthorised documents,” he said at the opening of the first meeting of the fifth term of the 13th parliamentary session here.
The king praised the police for reducing crime, radicalism and deviant teachings that contradicted with the practice of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
He paid tribute to the armed forces and sacrifices made to safeguard the nation’s security.
“In recognising the sacrifices of our security forces, the government will strengthen both forces by procuring equipment and vehicles.
“Their welfare will be taken care of by providing living quarters and expanding benefits to injured personnel or family members of veterans who passed away.”
The king welcomed the government’s efforts in providing additional assets and security facilities, such as helicopter forward bases, in enhancing security in the east coast of Sabah.
He said cooperation and mutual understanding with the Philippine government in maintaining security in the Sulu Sea had enhanced bilateral relations between the two countries.
He urged all quarters not to be complacent with existing efforts to foster unity.
“While it is not wrong to have differences in opinion, it is paramount that we resort to the right channels, without soliciting external interference.”
The king said the government would be relentless in its efforts to alleviate the people’s burden, especially for the bottom 40 per cent (B40) and middle (M40) of the household income groups.
“We welcome the government’s efforts in providing incentives to generate additional income for these groups by providing subsidies, increasing and diversifying the 1Malaysia People’s Aid programme, assisting small businesses, granting taxi drivers permits and introducing lifestyle tax relief.
“Our government is amending the Bankruptcy Act 1967 for those declared as bankrupt to start anew and continue contributing to the nation’s economy.”
The king said the government would continue to provide assistance and incentives to enable the people to attain higher income.
Enforcement would be intensified against unscrupulous traders to safeguard the wellbeing of the people.
To ensure that the country’s financial position remained strong, the king said the government was committed to pursuing its fiscal consolidation to achieve a balanced budget in 2020.
“Concrete measures will be taken by the government to expand the size of the economy from the current RM1.23 trillion to RM2 trillion within the next seven to eight years. Our government will strive to make Malaysia among the world’s top 20 economies.”
The king called upon all parties to work together to brave through challenges by increasing productivity towards achieving a more sustainable economy.
Earlier, the king inspected the guard of honour and received a 21-gun salute upon his arrival at Parliament.
Sultan Muhammad V was received on arrival at 10.30am by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Dewan Negara president Datuk Seri S.A. Vigneswaran.
The present Parliament sitting is scheduled for 20 days until April 6.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V flanked by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With them are (from left) Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, his wife, Puan Sri Hadijah Teng Abdullah, Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Dewan Negara president Datuk Seri S.A. Vigneswaran and his wife, Datin Seri Susita Periasamy.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V receiving the royal address from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the opening of the first meeting of the fifth term of the 13th parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.