King: Communal diversity our uniqueness and strength

  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Apr 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V called on Malaysians of all races to preserve unity, tolerance and shared responsibility towards the nation.

In his Royal Address as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he said it was proven that Malaysians of diverse races, religions, culture and way of life are able to live together in peace, harmony and mutual respect.

"This has been the source of our uniqueness and strength all this while," he said at the installation ceremony in Balairong Seri, Istana Negara on Monday.

He also reminded the nation's younger generation that they are the nation's future leaders and should equip themselves with knowledge and skills.

"I believe that there is no full-stop in seeking knowledge and skills.

"In this respect, I call on all Malaysians, particularly the young, to continue to seek in-depth knowledge and skills needed by the nation," he said.

He also reminded the young to be respectful and continue the efforts of the Government.

"The opportunities provided by the Government should be seized for the betterment of the nation," he added.

Sultan Muhammad V noted that his installation as King also marked a special occasion for the nation, which was celebrating 60 years of independence.

As such, he said the coming national day celebrations should be a joyful and harmonious occasion, especially since it would be close to the Aidiladha celebrations.

Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when reading a letter of declaration of loyalty and thanks to the King, said the ceremony represented the continuation of the nation's unique constitutional monarchy created in 1957.

He said that Malaysia was among 43 countries in the world that still had a monarchy and only one of the four in South-East Asia, namely, Cambodia, Thailand and Brunei.

"The nation's royal institution is a symbol of our strength which has manifested over six decades, where the King is the custodian of religion of Islam, defender of the Malays and of all citizens," he said, adding that the King was also a personification of the nation.

Sultan Muhammad V arrived at Balairong Seri at 10.30am for the ceremony after inspecting a royal guard of honour.

The Sultans of Perak, Terengganu, Perlis, Selangor, Regent of Brunei and the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan attended the ceremony with Pahang, Johor and Kedah represented by the regents.

Malacca, Sabah, Sarawak and Penang were represented by their governors.


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