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Rulers want harmony

PETALING JAYA: The Malay Rulers have expressed their concerns over issues of unity and harmony in the country in light of recent controversies.

Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said the actions of certain individuals have “gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, putting at risk the harmony that currently exists within the multi-religious and multi-ethnic society”.

He said in a press statement that the Rulers were of the opinion that the damaging implications of such actions were more severe when they are erroneously associated with or committed in the name of Islam.

“As a religion that encourages its followers to be respectful, moderate and inclusive, the reputation of Islam must not ever be tainted by the divisive actions of certain groups or individuals which may lead to rifts among the rakyat.

“It is imperative that all citizens adhere to the core principles embedded in the Federal Constitution, which was drafted based on the understanding that ours is a country whose citizens are of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds and that must be respected,” the statement said yesterday.

He added that unity among Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious people is key to ensuring the country’s ongoing stability and after 60 years of independence, Malaysians must continue to act in accordance with the principles embodied within the Constitution and manifested in the spirit of the Rukunegara.

“The Rukunegara, which was proclaimed as our national philosophy by the fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Aug 31, 1970, outlines five aspirations and five guiding principles for the country.

“It must continue to serve as a compass to all parties, be they leaders, government officials or citizens of our country,” the statement added.

Among the issues that stirred controversy recently were the two Muslims-only launderettes, in Johor and Perlis.

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