KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 10, 2017: The Malay Rulers today expressed serious concern over the issue of unity and harmonious relations among the multi-racial and multi-religious people of the country.
A statement signed by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said the people were obliged to understand and respect the key principles contained in the federal Constitution, which was formulated based on the understanding that the country comprised people of various races and religions.
“It is feared that the excessive actions of certain individuals of late can undermine the harmonious relations among the people of various races and religions.
“The Rulers feel that the issue of harmony has deep implication if any action is associated with and undertaken in the name of Islam.
“The image of Islam as a religion that promotes tolerance, moderation and inclusiveness among its followers must be defended from being tainted by actions that are excessive and can disunite the people,” said the statement issued on the eve of the 247th meeting of the conference.
The statement said the Conference of Rulers greatly appreciated the firm stand of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, in the case of the ‘Muslims Only’ laundrette in the state, as well as the stand of the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, in a similar case in Perlis.
“The stand of the two rulers reflects concern over the importance for Muslims to adopt a tolerant, moderate and inclusive attitude in a country where the people are from various races and religions,” it said.
It also said that the Malay Rulers also believe that unity in a multi-racial and multi-religious society is an important component in ensuring Malaysia’s stability.
“After 60 years of independence, it is most important for the people to continue to practise the values of society and state set forth in the Constitution and upheld by the spirit of the Rukun Negara,” it said.
The statement said the Rukun Negara, which was declared as a national ideology by the fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on August 31, 1970, underscores five ideals and five principles, and must be taken as a guiding compass by all quarters, be they leaders, administrators and the people as a whole. — Bernama