Anwar hails King’s sense of justice and prudence that benefited rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27:  Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says the rakyat have benefited from the sense of justice and prudence of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as it ensured that they enjoyed peace throughout His Majesty’s reign.

The prime minister said the concern shown by Al-Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah for the people’s welfare went beyond the confines of the established boundaries between a monarch and his subjects.

“Beginning with prolonged political instability, the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and shifting economic downturns, the country has been placed in uncertainty and crisis.

“However, His Majesty fulfilled the responsibilities of leadership perfectly, embodying the qualities of a people-centric approach which consistently aligned with the rakyat to ensure that peace and well-being remain as priorities in any circumstance,” Anwar said this in his address at a state banquet here in conjunction with the completion of the reign of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Anwar also expressed appreciation for the wisdom of Al-Sultan Abdullah in establishing a Unity Government that successfully fostered consensus and enabled political stability. 

“With this trust and concern for the people, it further strengthens my commitment along with the Cabinet in ensuring good governance of the country to uplift the nation’s status and the welfare of the people.

“Insya-Allah, the government is determined to continue efforts and dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly for the sake of the people and our beloved country,” the prime minister said.

Anwar also said that Al-Sultan Abdullah’s concern for the country’s economic situation injected vigour into the government’s commitment to focus on implementing economic structural reforms and enhancing the country’s competitiveness to ensure more inclusive, robust and sustainable economic growth.

As a result, Malaysia attained 29th position in terms of government efficiency as reflected in the World Competitiveness Ranking 2023 report, he added.