The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah also urged the people not to place any political party above national interest.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah has reminded the people to unite towards the common good and refrain from becoming hostile towards each other, which would eventually bring misfortune to all.
“What will we leave to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who shall be the future generation? Are they going to inherit a prosperous and peaceful country or a failed nation? In my opinion, all these options are in the hands of every Malaysian.
“Do not place any political party or any organisation above national interest, thereby destroying harmony. This is clearly an unhealthy development and must be avoided,” he said at an audience and investiture ceremony in conjunction with his birthday at Istana Negara here today.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said the true success of the country would be achieving future goals and not relieving moments of the past.
“These goals were built on hopes, dreams, imagination and hard work of all Malaysians.
“In this aspect, I believe, no one can deny that Malaysia is unique due to the government’s long cherished pursuit of governing the country according to our own mould.
“Therefore, people who treasure noble values and eastern culture should not be hoodwinked by external negative elements who are trying to meddle in the country’s affairs, including acculturating street demonstrations,” said the King.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said for the past five decades, the monarchy under a system of rotation among Malay Rulers continued to be supported and protected as a symbol to ensure political stability, peace and harmony in the country.
“I believe the institution will continue to protect not only the Malays and Bumiputera, but also the rights and interests of all communities in the country.
“The rapid progress enjoyed by Malaysia did not happen by itself. It was built and supported by fundamental elements that shaped a successful system.
“Everything was based on the supremacy of the constitution and the rule law,” said Tuanku Abdul Halim.
Looking back, the King said Malaysia had faced many bittersweet events.
“Alhamdulilah, despite the challenges and obstacles that almost shred the fabric of the nationhood, we were able to come out of the doldrums without sacrificing the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law,” he added.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said the country’s journey was still far and was not only aimed at becoming a developed nation by 2020, but also to remain competitive and respected in the international arena.
Thus, the King reminded the people to be ready to shoulder their responsibility and perform their role.
“Malaysians must be powerful and dynamic citizens, who not only acquire knowledge and skills, but also adopt high values, morals and ethics,” he said.
On the new media’s forays, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong reminded young people to strengthen their character to avoid them from being exploited by certain groups.
Tuanku Abdul Halim said he was happy that the government’s transformation programmes had benefited the people in the urban and rural areas.
“Each of us should be rational and appreciate the efforts made by the government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. We know what should be done in confronting the future to reach for the desired progress.
“Indeed, my experience for decades in observing the country’s journey could be concluded that for the blessings that we have enjoyed, we should be thankful and grateful by continuing to support the government for their untiring efforts in administering the country the best way they know how,” he added.