SEREMBAN: Politicians are not privileged and should know that they are equal before the law, just like any other ordinary Malaysian, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).
He said when politicians take the oath of office, they pledge to uphold the Federal Constitution, which clearly stipulates that all Malaysians are equal before the law.
"The main responsibility of a leader and the legislative is to uphold the provisions and the spirit of the Federal Constitution.
"As far as the law is concerned, they do not have any special position or are in any way immune to it.
"If they fail to do what is expected of them, this will erode the peoples' trust and faith in the government and the ruling party," he said in a statement on late Monday (Aug 24).
It is believed Mohamad was referring to the incident where Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali violated Covid-19 quarantine rules after returning from Turkey on July 7.
Mohamad said all Malaysians must continue to remain steadfast and uphold the principles of the Rukun Negara, which has helped the nation prosper.
He said they must always remember the principle of supremacy of the Constitution (keluhuran Perlembagaan) and rule of law (kedaulatan undang-undang).
"Even the Rukun Negara, which is the main pillar and ideology of this nation, states that the Federal Constitution is the highest law of the land.
"So, those who lead this country must prove that their thoughts, actions and character is in line this," he said.
Mohamad said it was the duty of all Malaysians to remind leaders who go astray or violate the country's laws.
"Among the important provisions in the Federal Constitution are to preserve human rights, as well as the fact that all Malaysians are equal before the law," he said.
Malaysians, he said, must continue to uphold the spirit of Rukun Negara to ensure leaders toe the line at all times.
He said leaders should never be allowed to use the Federal Constitution and the country's laws as a shield for their personal interests.
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