KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has cancelled the Sept 9 official birthday celebrations and the royal tea reception.
In a statement this evening, controller of the Royal household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz said the King had also ordered that funds allocated by the government for the celebration to be channelled to Tabung Harapan instead.
"His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V would like to thank the government which had planned the official functions in conjunction with the ruler’s birthday this year.
“However, the ceremonial birthday function and the royal tea party, which were supposed to be held on Sept 9 at Istana Negara, have been cancelled.
"Sultan Muhammad V has also commanded that the funds allocated for the two official functions, be returned to the government and be channelled to Tabung Harapan.
"Meanwhile, other official functions arranged for the King's birthday will proceed as planned," he said.
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