Federal Constitution is supreme and must be respected by all, says King

PETALING JAYA: His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia wants the government to formulate a policy to strengthen national unity and harmony.

His Majesty said after more than 60 years since Malaysia was formed, relationships between races were not as desired.

"There are some from the current generation who have failed to master the national language and appreciate the diverse cultures of other races.

"I therefore call on the government to formulate a policy aimed at ensuring unity that is stronger and for better harmony among the people," His Majesty said in his royal address when opening the first meeting of the Third Session of the 15th Parliament on Monday (Feb 26).

Sultan Ibrahim also called on all levels of society to strengthen national unity and not to incite others by harping on 3R (race, religion and royalty) issues.

"We are all aware that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of the land which must be respected.

"This was the result of the agreement among Malay Rulers to establish a federation and to empower Parliament to enact laws," His Majesty said.

His Majesty said the Federal Constitution recognises Islam as the religion of the Federation and this will continue to be preserved.

"Other religions can be practised in peace and harmony but they should not proselytise Muslims.

"Therefore, there should not be attempts by any party to manipulate and politicise this basic foundation of the Constitution," said Sultan Ibrahim.

His Majesty also said that excessive government red tape must be done away with.

"The government machinery must also improve its efficiency and the integrity of work ethics to achieve successful economic development.

"I dislike systems which involve excessive red tape, therefore, the efficiency of work processes and governance must be constantly evaluated and improved," he said.

He also praised the government's achievement in obtaining the 29th rank in the World Competitiveness Index 2023 in terms of government efficiency.

"I encourage ongoing efforts to raise the people's confidence in the effectiveness of services provided by the public agencies," he said.

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