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The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid joined some 40,000 people from more than a dozen ethnic groups in Sarawak to celebrate the National Gawai Dayak Open House yesterday.
Unity and national integration among the different races in the country have reached an unprecedented level, making Malaysia a shining model among the international community. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the fact that the various ethnic groups could interact harmoniously despite their racial and religious differences was indeed a rarity by any standard.
When Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur presented its first cake to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong 19 years ago to celebrate His Majesty's official birthday, they never dreamt it would be their time-honoured tradition.
The Malaysian Girl Guides Association has prepared 3,000 packages containing stationery and toiletries to be sent to children of war victims in Iraq.
It was his eighth appearance at the annual awards investiture ceremony in conjunction with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's birthday on Saturday, but it will be former Polish Ambassador Marek Paszucha's most memorable one.
Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's birthday honours list in conjunction with his birthday on June 5, 2004
Every Malaysian will be protected equally under the rights and guarantees stated in the Federal Constitution, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
A requirement for Sabah exporters to obtain a special licence before they can ship timber products to the European Union market will discourage illegal logging in the state, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Jamalullail called for a determined effort against the corrupt, irrespective of their rank or position in society.
A backbencher caused a buzz in Parliament when he called for greater transparency in the appointment of judges. SHAILA KOSHY explores the criteria used in the last 10 years and asks three successful lawyers and a retired judge whether they would accept such an appointment today.