Kuala Lumpur, May 1 — The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah hopes that with all the uncertainties affecting the nation’s workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people will take cognizance that the world is now operating under a ‘new normal’.

Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in conjunction with Workers’ Day themed ‘Workers and the Challenge of the New Normal Culture’, His Majesty extended his sincere appreciation to all workers and felt the significance of this day was more pronounced due to the current pandemic of COVID-19 plaguing the country and the rest of the world.

“His Majesty urges that this crisis be a catalyst for Malaysians to work harder to ensure the progress of the country and her people. His Majesty is pleased and proud of our workers and understands that this year has proven to be challenging.

“His Majesty appreciates the sacrifice and effort made by all the workers especially our frontliners; from the doctors and nurses, police and army personnel, to the civil servants and groups out there who are diligently working in trying to combat this pandemic and putting the nation first. It is in this self- sacrificing spirit, that we celebrate Workers’ Day 2020,” he said in a statement today. 

Ahmad Fadil said Al-Sultan Abdullah recognised that it was crucial to ensure that the workers are supported as the country seeks to return to a form of normalcy because the recovery and development of this country is in the hands of the workers. 


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