‘Un­der­stand royal in­sti­tu­tion first’

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PUTRAJAYA: The younger gen­er­a­tion needs to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the his­tory of the Malay royal in­sti­tu­tion be­fore ques­tion­ing its sig­nif­i­cance.

Univer­siti Malaysia Perlis’ Malaysian Royal In­sti­tu­tion Re­search Cen­tre di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Ram­lah Adam said she was con­cerned when­ever young­sters ques­tioned the need for the royal in­sti­tu­tion with­out hav­ing proper knowl­edge of its roles.

“The royal in­sti­tu­tion is not only a cer­e­mo­nial sym­bol, but acts as an ‘um­brella’ to pro­tect and pro­vide jus­tice to the peo­ple un­der its shade,” she said dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar 2017 at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Ram­lah said the role of the monarchy was rel­e­vant at all times and sit­u­a­tions, as it safe­guarded Is­lam and the Malay tra­di­tion.

“It also pro­vides ‘shade’ to ev­ery Malaysian, re­gard­less of race and re­li­gion.

“The monarchy in ev­ery in­stance is not par­ti­san. It is in­de­pen­dent and im­par­tial to any en­tity.

“In fact, the monarchy must avoid any in­ter­ven­tion in po­lit­i­cal de­bates and should rec­on­cile any con­flicts that arise,” she said.

She said the royal in­sti­tu­tion was dy­namic and it ful­filled its role to unite any dis­cord in the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

“This sit­u­a­tion, if not con­trolled, can threaten har­mony among re­li­gious and eth­nic groups in our coun­try,” she added.

Ram­lah said the king’s power could not be dis­puted as long as it com­plied with the law.

“In the so­cio-cul­tural con­text, it can be con­cluded that the monarchy is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of na­tional sovereignty and uni­fi­ca­tion of the mul­tira­cial groups in Malaysia,” she said.

Univer­sity Malaya’s In­ter­na­tional and Strate­gic Stud­ies Depart­ment lec­turer Pro­fes­sor Datuk Mo­hamad Abu Bakar said it was im­por­tant for peo­ple to un­der­stand the po­lit­i­cal world so that they would not be vic­timised by those hold­ing power.

“If we do not pre­pare our­selves with this kind of knowl­edge, we will be marginalised,” he said.

Par­tic­i­pants of the In­ter­na­tional Wasatiyyah Sem­i­nar 2017 at the Putrajaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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