Warning on misuse of constitution ignored

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  • Wednesday, 08 Oct 2003

From the Malay Press

A WARNING by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that some people might misuse the Constitution for their own narrow-minded political goals appears to have fallen on deaf ears, reported Berita Harian

It was seldom that key speeches by the Deputy Prime Minister were ignored by government leaders, politicians, social activists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), wrote Khairul Anwar Rahmat in the paper. 

It was surprising, therefore, that Abdullah’s address at the official launching of the Malay text of the Federal Constitution last week was not touched at all by these people, he said. 

On Sept 30, when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail launched the national language version of the charter, Abdullah said the Government would resist any attempt by groups with narrow political interests to implement laws that ran contrary to the Federal Constitution. 

Their actions, he said, could change the basic structure of the country’s society, which was based on peace and harmony. 

The writer reckoned that the silence boiled down to the different attitudes adopted by the people: 

·THEY did not know or understand the underlying message of Abdullah’s warning; 

·THEY did not see the significance and connection between the launching of the text and Abdullah’s message, or 

·THEY merely thought that it was trivial and not worthy of attention. 

The paper hoped all Malaysians, including government leaders and NGOs, would take heed of Abdullah’s warning as everyone had a role in defending the Constitution and the nation’s sovereignty. 

Utusan Malaysia said the season of change has set into Cuepacs. 

Following the exit of Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam as its president, the congress would see a new secretary-general in February when incumbent Datuk Abdul Rahman Manan resigns. 

While Siva Subramaniam would be replaced by his deputy, Nordin Abdul Hamid, the paper speculated, in its Fokus column that Jimilah Harun, currently the secretary-general of the Peninsula Nursing Assistants Union, would likely take over from Abdul Rahman.  

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