CORONA­TION TO­DAY OF UNDANG LUAK JOHOL

Var­i­ous events to mark Muham­mad Ab­dul­lah’s of­fi­cial in­stal­la­tion

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MALAYSIANS will get to see Negri Sem­bi­lan’s unique monar­chy struc­ture in ac­tion to­day that in­volves four undang (chief­tains),

Re­ferred as the Undang Yang Em­pat, the four undang are Undang Luak Sun­gai Ujong, Undang Luak Jelebu, Undang Luak Rem­bau and Undang Luak Johol as well as the Tunku Be­sar Tampin.

Each has ab­so­lute power and author­ity in their re­spec­tive ar­eas, which fall un­der their purview.

The Undang Yang Em­pat are re­spon­si­ble for ap­point­ing the Yang di-Per­tuan Be­sar of Negri Sem­bi­lan, who is cur­rently Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Mu­nawir.

To­day, Datuk Muham­mad Ab­dul­lah will of­fi­cially be­come the 15th Undang Luak Johol suc­ceed­ing Datuk Mohd Jan Ab­dul Ghani, who was sacked on March 27 last year over 13 cus­tom-re­lated mis­con­ducts.

They in­cluded al­legedly award­ing datuk­ships to sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Au­gust 2015, which is not recog­nised un­der Ar­ti­cle 26, Chap­ter 7 of Undang Undang Tubuh Ker­a­jaan Negri Sem­bi­lan 1959.

Muham­mad was pro­claimed by the state’s De­wan Kead­i­lan dan Undang Negri Sem­bi­lan on Oct 7, and was ap­pointed to the post on Dec 15.

“With my at­ten­dance as undang of Johol and re­ceipt of award at the pre­sen­ta­tion by the Yang diPer­tuan Be­sar dur­ing his birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in Jan­uary, that was en­dorse­ment on my ap­point­ment,” Muham­mad said re­cently.

At the event, he said the cus­tom­ary corona­tion known as Ker­jan would have sev­eral events lined up, not only to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion with lo­cals, but also to get closer to the public who were re­sid­ing in the undang and also to get their di­rect feed­back.

“There will be a re­cep­tion and 10 buf­faloes will be slaugh­tered. I will in­tro­duce my tagline ‘Undang Men­dekati Rakyat’.”

He said as or­gan­iser for the Ker­jan, Balai Undang Johol would for­mally in­tro­duce Muham­mad as the 15th Undang Luak fol­lowed by pro­grammes steeped in tra­di­tion.

“The pro­grammes in­clude a ban­quet with the peo­ple in ad­di­tion to cer­e­monies re­lated to my corona­tion as the new undang with ac­com­pa­ny­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties to run for five con­sec­u­tive days and nights.

As the undang of Johol, Muham­mad said he would fo­cus on the re­gion’s de­vel­op­ment, go down to the grass­roots to ad­dress prob­lems and get di­rect in­put from ad­min­is­tra­tors.

“A foun­da­tion will be es­tab­lished to col­lect funds to ini­ti­ate pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the eco­nomic wel­fare of sin­gle moth­ers, or­phans and the dis­abled, as well as to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance to stu­dents. All re­li­gion and cus­tom­re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties will be planned to help safe­guard Johol cus­toms.

“We will also look into sev­eral aban­doned cus­tom­ary land and fig­ure out how we can stim­u­late eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties to help gen­er­ate in­come for present and fu­ture own­ers.

“The key to re­solv­ing such is­sue is con­sen­sus.”

On cus­tom­ary land, Muham­mad said it could not be sold but would be in­her­ited by right­ful fe­male heirs. This is not against the Syariah as such a cus­tom was to safe­guard their wel­fare.

Datuk Muham­mad Ab­dul­lah

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