‘Respect the Constitution’

PETALING JAYA: With unity still lacking in the country after more than 60 years of its formation, no one should try to manipulate or politicise the 3R (race, religion and royalty) against the Federal Constitution, says His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia.

“I call on all levels of society to strengthen national unity and not incite emotions by harping on the 3R issues. The Federal Constitution is the supreme law of the land, which must be respected,”

His Majesty said in his Royal Address when opening the first meeting of the third session of the 15th Parliament yesterday.

“The Federal Constitution recognises Islam as the religion of the Federation, and this will continue to be preserved. However, other religions can be practised in peace and harmony, but no one should proselytise Muslims.

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“There should be no attempt by any party to manipulate and politicise this basic foundation of the Constitution.”

Earlier, during his Royal Address, Sultan Ibrahim said unity among the different races was still lacking, and there were still Malaysians who had failed to master the national language and appreciate the diverse cultures of the other races.

“I therefore call on the government to formulate a policy aimed at ensuring stronger unity and greater harmony among the people,” added His Majesty.

Sultan Ibrahim said such policies must target the young if there is to be any meaningful change, citing a Malay proverb to drive home his point – “melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya” (start them young to have a lasting impact).

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“If we want a future generation that is united and understands each other, it must be shaped from young,” His Majesty said.

The King also reminded MPs that they have a collective responsibility to ensure the nation’s success.

“In my view, the success or failure of our country does not rest solely on the shoulders of the Prime Minister but is the responsibility of all 222 MPs who have been entrusted by the people to represent them in the government.

“All parties should be aware that the well-being of more than 33 million Malaysians is my utmost priority.

“I hope that all MPs will focus their efforts on safeguarding the people,” His Majesty added.

Sultan Ibrahim also sent a clear message that he would not compromise on the stability of the nation, calling on all parties to accept the reality that the current administration is led by the unity government.

“I will not entertain any request from any party that may compromise the political stability of the country.

“All parties must accept the prevailing order and respect the unity government that has been formed.

“Anyone seeking to play politics should wait for the next general election,” His Majesty said.

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