Don’t take royal institution lightly, says Agong

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V called on Malaysians to preserve unity and harmony. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong in his Hari Raya message has called on all Malaysians not to take lightly the royal institution, especially the position of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, inline with the practice of constitutional monarchy.

Sultan Muhammad V said this was because the institution was clearly recognised in the Federal Constitution.

Hence, he said the matter must be taken into consideration by all parties and not to follow the culture of Western society whose actions were based on emotions without thinking of their effects to the country.

“The institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is not merely taken in terms of symbolism but it has a great responsibility, especially in stablising the situation during a crisis so as not to endanger the people and nation,” he said in his message broadcast live over RTM tonight.

Muslims in Malaysia will celebtrate Hari Raya tomorrow.

The King also called on all Malaysians to preserve unity and harmony by extending their hands to forgive each other in the celebration on the first of Syawal.

Sultan Muhammad V also said the people should foster the culture of visiting each other on this glorious day to strengthen relations.

Stop and forget about bickering among Muslims on this glorious day. Stay away from slander as the sins of slander are worse than murder, he said.

The King also said that the Malay Muslim community would only remain blessed if it was guided by customs and syarak (Islamic teachings).

Therefore in conjunction with this glorious Hari Lebaran Syawal, I said this as a meaningful message from the King to his beloved people and country.

“I hope with the learnings in the madrasah during Ramadan for a month would enable us to become people devoted to the religion and become high quality human capital with integrity to drive the reformation for a developed and prosperous country and receive the forgiveness of Allah,” he said.

In his speech, Sultan Muhammad V also reminded the people returning to their home villages for the festival to put safety first in their journey home.

“Drive carefully, avoid accidents so that we are not sad in happiness.

“I hope this Aidilfitri celebration will give meaning and impact to us to carry out our duties as the servants of Allah,” he added.