KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has expressed his concern over the spread of the Omicron variant that has been categorised as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said His Majesty advised the people to continue practising self-discipline in complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the government to contain the Covid-19 outbreak and called on them to be vigilant while conducting their daily affairs.

He added His Majesty also advised the people to complete their Covid-19 vaccination and get their booster shots to protect and preserve not only their health and safety but also their loved ones and the community.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also expressed his full support for the government’s decisive actions to contain the spread of the variant that has been classified as more dangerous and more transmissible than others.

“In particular, the Health Ministry and the National Security Council are enhancing Covid-19 prevention measures, border control and surveillance measures for travellers arriving into the country, especially from countries that have reported cases involving the Omicron variant,” he said in a statement.

He said Sultan Abdullah hoped that the people would be responsible and immediately seek treatment if they were experiencing symptoms, and isolate themselves if they were confirmed positive or detected as close contacts.

He said His Majesty was of the view that all the sacrifices and efforts of all parties in battling the pandemic would be in vain if the country was subjected to a new wave of the outbreak. — Bernama