Call for change: Raja Dr Nazrin Shah speaking at a ceremony to mark the 86th birthday of Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar. Looking on is his consort Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara Salim. — Bernama
KUALA KANGSAR: Monarchs in the country should be able to change and find relevant roles in the changing era, said the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.
Speaking at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the 86th birthday of Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah said the royal institution should take heed of the role played by great leaders to get the people’s support.
“The Prophet is admired for his leadership as he reflected humility, honesty and fairness. He also placed priority on consultation and valued the opinions of those who were more knowledgeable before coming up with a wise decision.
“He was a transformative leader who inspired followers to have humility, honesty and fairness even when a decision did not favour himself,” he said during the ceremony at Istana Iskandariah here yesterday.
The royal institution, said Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, was not an “old mirror reflecting old faces” (bukan cermin lama untuk melihat wajah yang telah tua).
“The throne is not an ornament. The monarch’s rule is the main institution inscribed in the Federal Constitution. About 10% – or 19 of the 184 Articles – under the Federal Constitution are related to the monarchy, which means Malaysia practised a constitutional monarchy system and a parliamentary democracy,” he said.
A ruler, said Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, must be fair to everyone regardless of race and religion.
“The throne is a pillar of stability, a source of justice and an instrument of unity. The throne should be above partisan, political polemics to ensure that its role is well received when neccesary to become an arbitrator in reconciling any conflict in the country,” he said.
Earlier, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state’s revenue was expected to hit RM927.14mil this year after reaching RM880.9mil in 2013.
“The increase in revenue has allowed the state to prepare its budget amounting to RM1bil for 2014, under which RM339mil will be set aside for development,” he said, adding that Perak attracted RM2.36bil in investments last year.
Thirty-seven people were bestowed with various titles during the ceremony, led by Affin Holdings Bhd chairman Gen (R) Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi Zainuddin.
He was conferred the Darjah Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah (SPSA), which carries the title Datuk Seri Diraja.
Other recipients included Perak state secretary Datuk Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, who was bestowed the Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP), carrying the title Datuk Seri, and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, who received the Darjah Seri Paduka Cura Si Manja Kini (SPCM).
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was awarded the Darjah Seri Panglima Taming Sari (SPTS) while three state executive council members – Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria, Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi and Datuk Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria - received the Darjah Datuk Paduka Cura Si Manja Kini.