KUALA LUMPUR – The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, today expressed confidence that the government will be able to come up with new and innovative ways to help the people face the uncertain global economy.
His Majesty said he was happy with the cooperation extended by the private sector and NGOs to the government to realise the development plans for the people.
“As we all know, the global economy remains uncertain. This situation will surely have a direct impact on the people, especially those with low incomes,” he said at the investiture in conjunction with the 2018 Federal Territories Day at Istana Negara here.
The King also reminded the people of the importance of unity and expressed the hope that it would be strengthened.
“For Malaysia, which aims to be among the top countries of the world in terms of the economy, the well-being of the people and social innovation through the National Transformation 2050, understanding and unity among the people of various races and religions should be well nurtured for the success of the nation,” he said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor were also present at the event.
His Majesty reminded civil servants, as the backbone of the government administration, to prioritise integrity in carrying out their duties to ensure that all government plans and policies were implemented properly and effectively.
He said it was hoped that the excellence of the Federal Territories administration could be continued as it set a model for Malaysia in general.
The King also expressed gratitude to the many initiatives of the Federal Territories Ministry which had been and were being implemented for the well-being of the people in the federal territories.
He named some of the successful initiatives as the ‘Baiti Jannati’ programme to help repair houses and settle the housing loans taken by the hardcore poor, the ‘Kad Ceria’ discount card programme, use of biodegradable products, care for the homeless and management of water.
“I congratulate the Federal Territories Ministry and all the people of the Federal Territories for outstanding achievement in 2017 both in terms of programmes for the people and governance of organisations.
“Insya-Allah (God willing), by continuing to use creative and comprehensive approaches, including people-centric ways and by going down to the ground for the benefit of society regardless of race, religion and ancestry, the Federal Territories retains excellence with the well-being of the people,” he said.
A total of 370 people were conferred awards and medals in conjunction with the 2018 Federal Territories Day.
Employees Provident Fund chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman was the sole recipient of the Seri Utama Mahkota Wilayah (SUMW) award which carries the title ‘Datuk Seri Utama’.
Twenty-two people received the Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW) award that carries the title ‘Datuk Seri’ while 69 received the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) award that carries the title ‘Datuk’.
Thirty-nine people were awarded the Johan Mahkota Wilayah (JMW); 71, the Kesatria Mahkota Wilayah (KMW); 74, the Ahli Mahkota Wilayah (AMW) and 94, the Pingat Pangkuan Mahkota Wilayah (PPW). – BERNAMA