KUALA LUMPUR – Members of Parliament (MPs) described the opening address by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as full of important messages.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (BN-Sembrong) said the people should take his view seriously, especially the spread of extremist ideology in the country.
The defence minister said they should be wise in evaluating information so that the unity and security built 58 years ago was not compromised.
“Our security and economy can be exploited if we take things for granted,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony of the Dewan Rakyat, here today.
The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah was also present.
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Earlier, the Agong urged the people to be vigilant against extremist ideology such as the IS militant group and to stop spreading lies online.
He also advised the MPs to debate with decorum to set a good example for the people.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datok) urged all MPs to appreciate the Agong’s concern and hopes the Prevention Of Terrorism Bill (POTA), to be tabled during this parliament session, will get support from Opposition MPs.
The home minister said the tabling of the bill was important to address terrorism, especially the spread of the IS militant group.
“We need preventive law (POTA) to prevent acts terrorism in Malaysia. The government must implement it as soon as possible to protect the people.”
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) hopes the Agong’s views are taken seriously to ensure smooth running of the session.
Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Datuk Seri Hasan Malek (BN-Kuala Pilah) said MPs should debate with courtesy to preserve the dignity and sanctity of parliament.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) said Pakatan Rakyat will use parliament to debate issues responsibly, in line with the Agong’s address.
Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) also welcomed the Agong’s view and hopes that all the MPs will debate issues with courtesy. – BERNAMA