Malaysian king welcomes bipartisan cooperation

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said he welcomed and appreciated the bipartisan cooperation being forged by the new government and the opposition.

“I welcome and appreciate efforts towards realising a new approach, a dual-partisan cooperation involving all sides, that will build a new political landscape and bring changes in the country’s administrative system,” he said in his royal decree at the Parliament yesterday.

“Maturity like this is what the people want,” he added.

This is the first Parliament meeting under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government. The House of Representatives will meet for 17 days until October 12, while the Senate will meet from October 4 to October 26.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, the king said the new government has to double its efforts to fight COVID-19 and bring the country and people out of the pandemic.

Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and other officials during the opening ceremony of the 14th Parliamentary meeting. PHOTO: BERNAMA

“With a high-performance work culture and a focus on short-term and long-term goals, I believe this government can prove its early achievement in 100 days.

“Moving ahead, I advise all sides to practise deliberative democracy in finding solutions to all problems,” he said.

The king also exhorted the lawmakers to return their focus on fighting the pandemic, and to make the country shine again.

“My advice to all is, do not gamble on the future of the country and its citizens merely to achieve certain agendas,” he said.

Ismail Sabri was appointed as prime minister on August 21, after 114 out of the country’s 220 MPs named him as replacement for Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin had stepped down on August 16 as he had lost majority support in the Lower House.

The king had decreed for all sides to work as one team, and that the next prime minister should prove his majority support via a confidence motion in the Parliament as soon as possible.

Ahead of the Parliament meeting, opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) promised that it would not “complicate” the confidence vote if the government introduces people-centric programmes in its COVID-19 pandemic management.

Last Friday, Ismail Sabri offered seven parliamentary and government administration reforms to restore political stability while combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.