KLANG: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah reminded the people of Selangor to know their history and understand the destruction caused by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) from the 1940s to the 1970s.
In his address at the investiture ceremony in conjunction with his 74th birthday, Sultan Sharafuddin hoped none of Selangor’s people worshipped CPM leaders due to confusion about historical facts outlining the destruction the CPM created.
“Many from our defence forces died while defending the nation’s sovereignty and dignity from the communist subversives.
“In addition, many of this country’s citizens from the Malay, Chinese, Indian and other communities also died in attacks by the communist terrorists.
“People always lived in fear during that time because of the attacks carried out by the Communist Party of Malaya members.
“Many villages and police stations were also attacked, and the people, as well as police personnel, were tortured and killed by the CPM members," said Sultan Sharafuddin.
The Ruler added even if it’s claimed the CPM had also battled colonisation, its ideology did not revolve around the formation of a Malaysia based on the concept of democratic constitutional monarchy.
Sultan Sharafuddin said the current generation must understand the historical facts about the CPM’s ideological struggles in-depth so that they will not be misled with confusing facts about CPM’s fight.
On another matter, Sultan Sharafuddin said mutual respect and understanding amongst the various races has enabled the people of Selangor to live in peace and harmony.
The Ruler added he placed great importance in unity among different races and religions in Selangor.
“I understand it is not easy to build a strong and united Malaysian race, as it takes a lot of sacrifices from every member of society.
“For us to continue achieving unity and harmony in our multi-racial community, I urge everyone to continue propagating mutual respect for each other.
“We have to always take care of racial sensitivities and not interfere in the affairs of other races, especially in matters regarding religion," he said.
Sultan Sharafuddin reminded the people about Malaysia’s dark history when racial riots had rocked the nation.
He narrated how the lives of the nation’s citizens were tortuous and in disarray with the economy also adversely affected by the racial riots.
“My people surely do not want this black incident happening again.
“So, make this incident a guideline for us to not repeat our past mistakes and fix relations amongst the races towards a better and harmonious direction," said Sultan Sharafuddin.
He said people should communicate with each other without being offensive, as well as practice caution and be courteous when giving views and opinions.
This included conveying opinions and views without questioning what has been mutually agreed upon and enshrined in the Federal Constitution, he said.
The Ruler added people must take care of each other’s feelings and must not say hurtful things.
Sultan Sharafuddin also advised Selangor political leaders to always pay attention to the welfare of the people and make the people’s best interest a priority in the state's administration.
“In recent times, the people have been suffering due to difficulty because of the increase in the prices of goods and the high cost of living, which is escalating day by day.
“I urge the political leaders to go down to the ground with the people and survey their problems and strive hard towards helping them, especially those who are low wage earners as well as those who are poor," said Sultan Sharafuddin.
The Sultan conferred awards and titles to 91 people at the investiture ceremony held at Istana Alam Shah here.
Out of the 91 people, only 19 received titles and heading the list was Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, who received the Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (S.P.M.S) award, which carries the title Datuk Seri.
Also at the ceremony were Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The Ruler hosted a high tea at the palace grounds later in the afternoon.
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