King plays cru­cial role in time of cri­sis, says Sul­tan Muhammad V

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SUL­TAN Muhammad V, in his Hari Raya Aidil­fitri mes­sage, ad­vises the peo­ple against tak­ing ad­van­tage of the in­sti­tu­tion of the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong. The king says they should not al­low the western cul­ture of act­ing on emo­tions to take root in the coun­try.


THE royal in­sti­tu­tion, specif­i­cally the Yang diPer­tuan Agong, in the con­text of a con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy, can­not be treated lightly or taken ad­van­tage of as this is clearly laid out in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muhammad V said this needed to be taken into ac­count by all re­spon­si­ble par­ties, adding that this was in line with the goal of not al­low­ing the cul­ture of tak­ing ac­tion based on emo­tions, with­out con­sid­er­ing con­se­quences, to take hold of the na­tion.

“The in­sti­tu­tion of the Yang diPer­tuan Agong, as I see it, is some­thing that should not only be taken se­ri­ously from the stand­point of a sym­bolic po­si­tion... know that it is a great re­spon­si­bil­ity as when a cri­sis oc­curs, (the king is there) to sta­bilise the sit­u­a­tion so that it does not ad­versely af­fect the peo­ple and the na­tion.

“Those who drafted the Con­sti­tu­tion had in­di­cated in the Con­sti­tu­tion it­self (the im­por­tance of the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong), but what needs to be un­der­stood is what is im­plied,” he said in his Hari Raya mes­sage yes­ter­day.

Cit­ing verse six of su­rah al-Hu­jarat, the king said the peo­ple must con­tinue to prac­tise tabayyun, to scru­ti­nise every in­for­ma­tion for the truth.

“In con­junc­tion with this glo­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion, I wish to send a mes­sage, from raja to rakyat, and not just to our beloved na­tion.

“I hope the teach­ings of Ra­madan over the past month have al­lowed us to re­turn to an in­stinc­tive na­ture, which will al­low us to pro­duce high-qual­ity hu­man cap­i­tal with in­tegrity, and can drive the re­for­ma­tion to­wards a de­vel­oped na­tion.”

Sul­tan Muhammad V said Mus­lims should stop bick­er­ing among them­selves.

He said they should also avoid spread­ing lies as the sin at­tached to such ac­tions was heav­ier than mur­der, as stated in verse 191 of su­rah Al-Baqarah.

The king called on the peo­ple to fos­ter har­mony, be­sides vis­it­ing one an­other dur­ing fes­tiv­i­ties.

“May this Aidil­fitri have a deep mean­ing and im­pact on us all in car­ry­ing out our du­ties as ser­vants of Al­lah.”

In Ipoh, Ber­nama re­ported that Sul­tan of Perak Sul­tan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah re­minded Mus­lims to show­case the open­ness, friend­ship and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion prop­a­gated by Is­lam in cel­e­brat­ing Aidil­fitri.

He said this could be achieved by re­ceiv­ing guests from var­i­ous re­li­gions and com­mu­ni­ties to fos­ter brother­hood, af­fec­tion and mu­tual re­spect.

“Cel­e­brate Aidil­fitri with hap­pi­ness that can fos­ter good­will among rel­a­tives and friends. Cel­e­brate Aidil­fitri in a cheer­ful at­mos­phere that can en­hance the spirit of unity among the peo­ple.”

Sul­tan Nazrin said Mus­lims should share the wealth of sus­te­nance that God had be­stowed on them by in­creas­ing their char­i­ta­ble ef­forts.

He said the sac­ri­fices of po­lice­men, sol­diers, fire­fight­ers, Pris­ons, Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms per­son­nel, hospi­tal staff, peo­ple in the trans­port and ser­vices sec­tors, and me­dia, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion per­son­nel should be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“We must also ap­pre­ci­ate the sac­ri­fices of those who have put in place var­i­ous ser­vices to en­able us to cel­e­brate Aidil­fitri in a peace­ful, serene and lively at­mos­phere,” he said, adding that it was hoped that God would be­stow His bless­ings upon them.

Sul­tan Nazrin said Mus­lims in the coun­try were able to com­plete their fast in peace and en­joy the break­ing of fast with their

fam­i­lies or fel­low Mus­lims

“Hav­ing un­der­gone the fast, let’s hope that we have a bet­ter re­al­i­sa­tion of the great­ness of the di­vine grace be­stowed upon us com­pared with the suf­fer­ing many hu­mans un­dergo, liv­ing in hunger and thirst be­cause of the dif­fi­culty in get­ting food and drink,” he said.


A screengrab show­ing Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muhammad V de­liv­er­ing his royal ad­dress for Hari Raya yes­ter­day.

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