12 March 2012
| last updated at 03:08PM
King: Strengthen unity, continue support for development agenda
KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah today urged the people to constantly strengthen unity and support the development agenda of the government
He said the people should refrain from doing anything that can undermine national sovereignty or attempt to deny the sacrifice of the country's freedom fighters.
"I hope that everyone, particularly the younger generation, will strive to understand and appreciate the history of the country's independence which was born out of the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, and value the freedom we now enjoy," he said in his royal address opening the first meeting of the fifth session of the 12th parliament.
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were also present at the event, held in the Dewan Rakyat.
Tuanku Abdul Halim called on the people to continue to provide their support and contribution for the realisation of all programmes under the development agenda.
Tuanku Abdul Halim pointed out that the key economic indicators of 2011, such as the 5.1 per cent economic growth, trade volume of almost RM1.3 trillion, foreign investment of RM32.9 billion, direct tax collection exceeding RM100 billion and a low rate of unemployment, were proof that the government's management of the economy and implementation of policies and programmes were right on track.
"It is the desire of my government that the benefits of economic prosperity derived from the implementation of the national transformation policy are enjoyed by all the people, with none of them marginalised," he said.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said the civil service, as the pillar of the government machinery, must constantly come up with more creative ideas and new approaches, and be innovative, efficient and open-minded as well as maintain integrity.
He also expressed the hope that there would be enhanced cooperation between the government and the private sector, as the driver of economic growth, for the sake of the country's future.
He said the country's march towards becoming a high-income nation by 2020 required not only an economic transformation but also a socio-political transformation.