King opens new De­wan Rakyat term

He also warns against moves that erode pub­lic trust such as leak­ing of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion

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KUALA LUMPUR

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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.

BER­NAMA PIC

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.

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

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.

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