Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Malaysian King : Don’t threaten harmony by questioning rights

On Monday, 7th of March 2011, The Malaysian King, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin has reminded the people not to question what is stated in the Constitution.

Tuanku Mizan said the sovereignty of the Malay Rulers, the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation, the special position of the Malays and bumiputras and the interest of other races concerning citizenship and basic rights as stated in the Constitution must not be questioned to avoid disunity.

The King was speaking at the opening of the fourth term of the 12th Parliament session on Monday, 7th March 2011 in in Kuala Lumpur.

Also present were the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

“I urge all parties to uphold the law and the Constitution. Although Islam is the religion of the Federation, other religions can be practised peacefully.

“In fact, religious festivities are made public holidays,” he said.

Tuanku Mizan also said non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should avoid sensitive issues when carrying out their programmes as these could threaten harmony and the country’s image.

Tuanku Mizan also urged all to maintain harmony and advised the people to be wise and not easily influenced by slander and accusations hurled by irresponsible parties.

He also welcomed efforts undertaken by the Government, led by Najib, to transform the country into a high-income nation.

He said the economy had made an impressive recovery and recorded growth of 7.2% for 2010.

Tuanku Mizan also noted that the Govern-ment had taken various initiatives to improve the quality of life, including expanding access to quality education, reducing crime, fighting corruption and beefing up infrastructure in rural areas.

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