KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah wants all quarters, regardless of race and belief, to support efforts by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to restore national understanding.
He wants principles, like that of parliamentary democracy, constitutional monarchy, diversity, upholding the constitution and the rule of law, be made the core guidance for the process.
"Restoring national understanding should be made a national agenda of priority by all quarters.
"Whether Malaysia continues to succeed and achieve the status of a high income developed country or a failed country, will depend on the understanding among us.
"Therefore, I want all quarters to preserve and further strengthen the current bond of unity," said the King at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with his official birthday celebration at Istana Negara here.
He also cautioned quarters attempting to sow animosity and create rift among the people for the sake of their narrow agenda to cease the unconstitutional act.
He said strengthening of national unity should not be regarded a task and responsibility of certain quarters only, but should be an agenda for all Malaysians.
"I want the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to ensure every national development policies is based on a principle that promotes diversity.
"The reality is our future is inter-related and needs one another. All my subjects, regardless of race and religion, should not be neglected," he added.
Tuanku Abdul Halim also reiterated the need for all quarters to accept the results of the 13th general election.
"If there are differences of opinions or dissatisfaction, use the existing court mechanism as provided in the Federal Constitution and the country's laws," he added.
Earlier, Tuanku Abdul Halim attended the investiture ceremony which was held for the second time at the new Istana Negara.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was installed as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a ceremony steeped in tradition at the Istana Negara in April last year.
The ceremony then marked two historical significance for the country as well as for Tuanku Abdul Halim.
Firstly, it was the second time that His Majesty was installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the first was as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1970 at the age of 42.
Four decades later, Tuanku Abdul Halim was again installed to the position, as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong under a system of rotation among the nine Malay Rulers practised since independence in 1957.
At today's investiture ceremony, the national anthem "Negaraku" was played soon after the arrival of Tuanku Abdul Halim and Tuanku Hajah Haminah at the Balai Rong Seri.
The ceremony began with Najib presenting the congratulatory speech on behalf of the Malaysian government and the people and then by the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Norodom Arunrasmy, who is Cambodian Ambassador in Malaysia, on behalf of the diplomatic corps in Malaysia.
This was then followed with the royal address by the Agong, who then presented awards to 43 recipients.
The presentation of the awards started with the conferment of the Darjah Panglima Seri Mahkota (PSM), which carries the title 'Tan Sri', on Tuanku Laksamana of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Hamid Thani Sultan Badlishah (Kedah Regency Council member).
This was then followed by the Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa with the Darjah Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN), which carries the title "Tan Sri".
A total of 45 people were conferred the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which also carries the title "Tan Sri".
Apart from that, 59 people were awarded the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title "Datuk". - Bernama