Agong's speech well received by ministers, members of parliament

They described the speech as thorough and raised various aspects that needed attention and improvement in the future.
Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the new policies to be formulated on the agro-food sector, as mentioned by Tuanku Mizan, were in line with the ministry”s plan to develop the Fourth National Agricultural Policy.
He said it would start with an agriculture convention, expected to be held next month, to discuss the direction of the agro-food sector, ways to increase agricultural produce and efforts to increase the income of farmers and fishermen.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said he supported Tuanku Mizan”s call for other states to follow the ministry”s move in providing comfortable homes for low-income earners in the city.
Minister in the Prime Minister”s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon described Tuanku Mizan”s speech as covering all the six National Key Result Areas (NKRA).
"All elected representatives need to follow the guidelines given by His Majesty in developing the country and helping the people,” he said.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said Tuanku Mizan”s speech had laid out the government”s work direction this year.
"It is very clear that everybody is involved. It”s a whole style of doing work... about productivity, about speed and accountability. Also, a very clear focus on the six NKRAs,” she said.
She said her ministry would continue to play its role for the country, focusing on long-term growth as well as developing new niche products such as sports tourism.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said besides recognising the country”s direction under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Yang di-pertuan Agong also stressed on looking after the rural community.
"The speech emphasised on comfort and facilities for the people, especially those in rural areas,” he said.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said his ministry would continue to offer the best health services to the people as mentioned by Tuanku Mizan.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the speech was appreciative of women”s contribution towards the country”s development.
On the rights of the disabled, Shahrizat said the ministry would carry out audit on premises and public transport to ensure they provided facilities for the disabled.
Commenting on the efforts to develop the sports sector, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said media practitioners need to widen and improve their knowledge in sports journalism so that local reports are at par with international sports news.
Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir said members of parliament should heed Tuanku Mizan”s call to think positively of one another to avoid racial and religious tension.
Regarding efforts to develop the new generation of Felda, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister”s Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the ministry would continue to carry out such programmes.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong urged members of parliament to take note of Tuanku Mizan”s reprimand on the discipline of certain MPs.
Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub said all elected representatives should take the speech seriously, especially on joint efforts to eradicate corruption.
"We will work together to develop the country and care for the welfare of all Malaysians,” said the PAS Vice-President

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