KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 2020: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah today said the country’s tourism industry need to be revived after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Visit Malaysia 2020.
“Efforts to revive the country’s tourism sector must continue.
“At the same time, industry players must strengthen tourism products and packages and preserve existing infrastructure in the push to revive the nation’s reputable tourism sector,” the King said in his royal address while opening the Third Session of the 14th Parliament at Parliament House, here today. .
Sultan Abdullah said the government’s main focus should now be to ensure the people’s well-being and safety.
The King expressed confidence that the government will continue to take efforts to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
“Truly, our country is now facing so many challenges with the latest being the Covid-19 outbreak. All of these challenges have impacted Malaysia, which practices an open economy.
“The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept around the world and also our nation has affected the economic livelihood, health and the well-being of the people. Never has the nation face a pandemic as serious as this.”
The King said investment in research should be enhanced including development and innovation in order to develop the much needed human capital, particularly in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“I am all for the empowerment of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to prepare our youths to face new challenges in the working world,” he added.
Sultan Abdullah said he was confident that the government will care for the welfare of children, women, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and the needy, as well as basic infrastructure, home-ownership, cost of living and agriculture.
“My government will also continue to commit to improving access to equitable health services for the people.
“Healthcare services will be empowered with a focus on prevention and treatment in a holistic manner, including reaching out to the rural, Orang Asli and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
The King also called on the nation to continue addressing environment and climate change issues and to strengthen environmental laws and enforcement and cooperation, including with countries in the region.
He also expressed his appreciation for the contributions of the public service, the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Royal Malaysia Police and government agencies, pointing out that they had contributed greatly to the country’s development that enabled the country to become a peaceful, prosperous and respected nation.
“At the same time, I urge the people to continue to give their cooperation to my government to ensure continuity in the efforts to develop the nation,” he added.