By Hakim Mahari
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May 2021: Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has advised the public to stay home and avoid going out if they have no urgent matters, following the implementation of the nationwide movement control order (MCO) from Wednesday until 7 June.
According to the Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, Sultan Abdullah said by doing so, the public would indirectly help the front liners in curbing the spread of COVID-19 infection in the country more effectively.
“His Majesty also repeated advice for the people to give priority to the safety and health of themselves and their families by maintaining discipline and obeying all instructions as well as the do’s and don’ts set by the National Security Council (NSC).
“Sultan Abdullah’s advice is meant to prevent the country from being hit by COVID-19 tsunami as suffered by several countries in South East Asia and Europe,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Ahmad Fadil also said His Majesty reminded the public that they are generally prohibited from crossing state and district as decided by the NSC and the Health Ministry in line with the principles of community wellbeing and Hifzu AnNafs (protection of human life).
Ahmad Fadil said the Agong deeply understands the grievances of the people who were severely affected by COVID-19, and he hoped that the people’s problems and livelihood issues be addressed by the government and all relevant parties.
“Sultan Abdullah also expressed concern over the latest situation of COVID-19 in the country which had not shown any sign of a decline ever since the number of daily positive cases reached the 4,000-mark last week.
“As such, His Majesty hopes that the government, private sector, non-governmental organisations and all the people will intensify efforts to flatten the infection curve of the pandemic which had affected all quarters regardless of their background,” he said.
Ahmad Fadil said the King also called on all quarters to set aside their differences and self-interest to help the government and the front liners to make the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme a success.
He said Sultan Abdullah was confident that, with strong cooperation and commitment from all quarters, Malaysia will be able to flatten the COVID-19 curve for the safety and health of the people and the well-being of the country.
“Taking the blessings of this glorious month of Ramadan and ahead of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration, His Majesty and the Raja Permaisuri Agong also encouraged the people to join them in praying for Malaysia to always be blessed and protected and for the COVID-19 pandemic to end soon,” Ahmad Fadil said. ***
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