Need to inform citizens about Rulers and Constitution, says minister

P Waytha Moorthy said Rukun Tetangga and residents associations should use social media to spread information. (Bernama pic)

MELAKA: The people must be given a clear understanding of the position of the Malay Rulers, which has been enshrined in the Federal Constitution, to ensure that they do not insult the institution, said unity minister Senator P Waytha Moorthy, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

He said the people need to know the role of the King and Malay Rulers so that they have a better understanding to maintain peace and harmony in the country.

“The public must understand their constitutional position, so we need to further improve outreach programmes to educate people about the constitutional provisions that gives a special position to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and also the Malay Rulers in the country.

“No one should raise any issue (related to the constitution) which can hurt the Rulers,” he told reporters after launching the Southern Zone Residents Association (Melaka and Johor) Unity Gathering 2019 in Ayer Keroh here today.

Also present was Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari.

Waytha Moorthy said people should be more cautious when using social media as anything raised could affect the unity and solidarity of the people.

In his speech earlier, he said there was a need for Rukun Tetangga (neighbourhood watch) and residents’ associations to use social media to disseminate information and authentic news.

He urged the Rukun Tetangga and residents’ associations to advise residents to stop spreading fake news or news that has not been verified as they may be subject to legal action.

“Dissemination of unauthorised information can cause anxiety and upset the community, which could lead to division. If you’re not sure, do not share (information),” he said.

Residents could refer to the portal set up by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, a one-stop centre to check before sharing unverified news.

There are 8,163 Rukun Tetangga groups and 7,944 residents’ associations in the country.