Agong holds pre-Cabinet meeting with PM via video conferencing

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PETALING JAYA: In a first, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah held a pre-Cabinet session with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin via video conferencing.

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This is the first time such a session has been conducted via video conferencing, necessitated by the movement control order (MCO).

Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that the 45-minute session started at 8.30am on Wednesday (April 15).

Sultan Abdullah was in Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur, while Muhyiddin was in his office in Putrajaya.

The pre-Cabinet meeting is usually held weekly for the ruler to discuss and exchange thoughts with the prime minister.

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It was last held on March 18 as Sultan Abdullah and his family were advised by the Health Ministry to self-quarantine themselves for 14 days beginning March 25, after several Istana Negara staff tested positive for Covid-19.

“Sultan Abdullah consented for the pre-Cabinet meetings to be conducted via video conferencing during the MCO so that current issues can be discussed.

“This reflects the concern of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong towards the administration of the country and the well-being of the people as His Majesty would usually have the meeting at the Melawati Palace in Putrajaya,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ahmad Fadil added that Muhyiddin expressed his appreciation to the ruler for foregoing Royal Emoluments to the King and Queen for a period of six months from March this year to ease the government’s burden in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added that Muhyiddin also thanked Sultan Abdullah for supporting the Government’s decision to extend the MCO until April 28.

Muhyiddin also congratulated Sultan Abdullah and his family for undergoing a self-quarantine process for 14 days, where they were also confirmed to be free of Covid-19. – The Star

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