KUALA LUMPUR — June 29, 2018: A fellow and lecturer from Oxford University has suggested that the role of the institution of the Rulers be strengthened in line with the Constitution.
According to Datuk Dr. Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti of the university’s Islamic Centre in the Faculty of Theology, this is because the institution plays an important role in the administration of the country by protecting the position of Islam as the official religion and ensuring that it is not politicised by any party.
“It is best that the institution of the Rulers plays a role as defined in the Constitution, which states that the heads of the Islamic religion in the country protect the position and sanctity of the religion.
“We want to reinstate the balance of federal and state power, reinstate the pride of the institution of the Rulers and ensure it is not politicised by any party.
“We do not want any minister to be too powerful as we fear there will be an abuse of power because under the federal Constitution, religious affairs come under the Malay Rulers. So here we must have a check and balance,” he commented after a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons today.