KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, attended the 254th meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara on the second day.
His Majesty was accompanied by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the meeting. It was chaired by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
All the Malay Rulers, except the Sultans of Kelantan and Pahang, attended the meeting yesterday.
Kelantan was represented by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra and Pahang by the Tengku Muda of Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah.
The Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak also attended the meeting.
The Malay Rulers were accompanied by the respective Mentris Besar and the Yang di-Pertua Negeri by the respective chief ministers.
On Wednesday, before the meeting convened, Sultan Sharafuddin took the salute before an inaugural guard of honour at the main square of Istana Negara.
The introduction of the guard of honour, mounted by three officers and 103 men of the 1st Battalion Royal Malay Regiment, is the initiative of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal said in a statement that Chief of Defence Forces Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin briefed the meeting on national defence and Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador gave a briefing on national security.
The meeting also discussed matters regarding the appointment of the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Chief Judge of Malaya and judges of the superior courts, the statement said.
It said the meeting also discussed the appointment of the deputy chairman and members of the Public Service Commission, the appointment of members of the Education Service Commission and matters associated with Islam.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Malay Rulers advised the people to immediately stop the spreading of defamatory and unconfirmed news for fear that it will undermine the nation’s harmony and well-being.
They view with grave concern the widespread hurling of slanderous remarks among the people of late, said a statement of the Conference of Rulers issued by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.
“The act of exchanging defamatory statements and the public display of hatred seem to have become a culture in society right now.
“It is most feared that this defamation that triggers disputes will worsen, unless it is contained and controlled, and cause anxiety among the people,” the statement said.
It said that the pre-council meeting of the Malay Rulers on the eve of the meeting of the Conference of Rulers had in-depth discussions on, among others, issues relating to the unity, harmony and well-being of the people of various races in the country. — Bernama