PUTRAJAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah says good values and ethics are a must in the administration and management of the country.
His Majesty said strengthening ethics and pure values in administration and management were an aspect which must be implemented.
“This is because the development of a developed nation, without a culture of a high level of integrity, would represent a flawed migration, ” he said at the national-level Maal Hijrah celebrations here yesterday.
Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Sultan Abdullah also called on Malaysians to “migrate” towards building a developed country with strong unity and harmony as its base.
His Majesty said the country’s migration to a higher level could be achieved through the spirit of tolerance and cooperation among the people of various races which formed the foundation of the strong unity in the country.
“In striving to migrate towards becoming a more tolerant society and imbued with love and care, let us not neglect the religious demands and God’s law.
“These virtues must be instilled in every citizen so that the nation can migrate to a higher level of peace and harmony, ” he said.
His Majesty, however, cautioned that the notion of tolerance must not transgress religion.
“Matters and actions which are against Islamic teachings, if tolerated, will lead to a downfall of the religion’s defences, ” he said.
Former Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang was awarded the national Tokoh Maal Hijrah for his efforts in creating awareness towards a sustainable environment.
Shaykh Abdallah Bayyah, a former minister from Mauritania, was awarded the international Tokoh Maal Hijrah for his moderate views.
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