“Respect unity govt, wait for next GE to play politics,” Agong warns MP

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim has issued a stern warning to MPs from both sides of the political divide, saying he will not entertain any attempts of a coup to topple the government.

Speaking in his maiden address to the Dewan Rakyat since being sworn in as the 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31, Sultan Ibrahim stressed that all parties must accept the reality and respect the unity government which has been formed.

“I want to stress this here that I will not entertain any requests from any parties who are trying to threaten the nation’s political stability,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.

“All parties must accept the reality and respect the unity government which has been formed. If you want to play politics, wait for the next general election.”

His Majesty said all MPs should set a good example in the august house and warned against any uncouth behaviour or insulting other MPs in the Dewan Rakyat, adding that the conduct of certain MPs had left him embarrassed in the past.

“The Parliament is a place where lawmakers gather to enact laws and you (the MPs) are the lawmakers. Therefore, it does not make sense if the lawmakers themselves fail to follow the rules (of the House),” Sultan Ibrahim said.

“Therefore, I give the (Dewan Rakyat) Speaker (Tan Sri Johari Abdul) the greenlight to take stern action against MPs who go over the top. He may impose a 14-day ban on those who are still stubborn.”

Recall that several MPs from both sides of the political divide were either booted from Dewan Rakyat or suspended following multiple shouting matches in the Dewan Rakyat over an array of issues during the previous parliamentary session.

Sultan Ibrahim further called for all MPs to work together towards building the nation and serving the rakyat as the country’s success or failure should be on the shoulders of not only the prime minister alone but that of every elected representative.

“In my eyes, the success or failure of this country is not only on the shoulders of the prime minister alone, but on the shoulders of all 222 members of the Dewan Rakyat who have been entrusted by the rakyat to represent them,” he remarked.

“As everyone knows, my priority is the living conditions of over 33 million Malaysians out there and therefore, I hope that all Yang Berhormats will focus on helping the rakyat instead of working for your political party or your personal interests.” – Feb 26, 2024


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