King's decree a reflection of the royal institution's role, says Azalina

KUALA LUMPUR: The royal address by His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, during the opening of the current session of the 15th Parliament has reflected the role of the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which oversees all government branches, namely the executive, legislative and judiciary.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said also said the King's decree was aligned with the reform agenda and the strengthening of laws being pursued by the Madani government.

She added that the decree also affirmed the legitimacy of the unity government and underscored the importance of political stability in the country to ensure smooth national development.

"His Majesty warned the MPs (members of parliament) to set a good example by adhering to the House's rules throughout the session to uphold the dignity of Parliament as the legislative body.

"His Majesty also expressed hope that enforcement bodies and the judiciary can enhance efficiency in conducting investigations with integrity to allow court cases to be brought to justice, consequently enhancing the public's confidence in the country's judicial system.

"The decree also reflects the role of the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong which oversees all government branches — executive, legislative and judiciary — in line with the Constitutional Monarchy system practised in Malaysia," she said in a statement via X, today.

Earlier today, Sultan Ibrahim graced the opening ceremony of the Third session of the 15th Parliament. It was His Majesty's first time opening the Dewan Rakyat, having only been appointed the 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in January.

During his royal address, Sultan Ibrahim called upon both government and opposition parties to remain united and work together to develop Malaysia for the benefit of the people.

His Majesty also said that the success and failure of the country do not solely depend on the shoulders of the Prime Minister, but also on the responsibility of all 222 members of parliament (MPs) elected by the people.

The third session of the 15th Parliament commenced today and will run until March 27.

The 19-day session which was graced by Sultan Ibrahim will be continued with debate among the MPs on the second day.

Other matters expected to take centre stage during the session include the economic issues, particularly the falling ringgit and rising cost of living.

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