Abdullah: We must defend our Constitution


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Sep 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will resist all attempts by groups with narrow political interest to implement laws that run contrary to the Federal Constitution, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

“The actions of this group will change the basic structure of our society which is based on peace and harmony,” he said. 

The Federal Constitution, he said, was the backbone of the country’s sovereignty and every citizen had the responsibility to defend it. 

“When it comes to national unity, it should not be carried out as an experiment. The Constitution has guaranteed the basic rights of every individual in this country that includes freedom of worship, freedom of speech, assembly and association and the right to education and own property. 

“It is important for us to respect and uphold the provisions in the Constitution and be wary of any threat that would lead the country to destruction,” he said.  

He also said that it was an undeniable fact that Malaysia was an Islamic nation and Islam was the official religion of the Federation.  

Abdullah, who is also the Home Minister, was speaking at the launch of the Malay text Federal Constitution by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail.  

Related Story:Malay version of Federal Constitution launched 

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