By Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin
I am Chinese but am firstly a Malaysian. I lived through the independence of Malaya.
I saw the formation of Malaysia, the birth of a new promising nation which espoused all the ideals of a democratic, liberal and plural society, as pronounced in our Rukun Negara.
I saw how four countries, Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak forged to become one in order to gain strength in unity.
I saw the separation of Singapore from the federation and it marched on with an idealistic anthem – Majulah Singapura – to be the great city state that it is today.
I saw our four prime ministers working hard to build Malaysia into a great nation and this reached its pinnacle during the time of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The slogan “Malaysia Boleh” became our rallying call to greatness, along with other inspirational messages like “Bersih, Cekap and Amanah”.
We became the model of a successful Asian country. We even became the pride of the Islamic countries.
Although I am Chinese, I did not have a problem with that as it galvanised my Malay brothers to achieve excellence. Everyone and everything flourished then.
As a Malaysian, I was proud that my king and country are respected the world over.
However, in recent years I have seen an erosion of all these values and virtues. Even former Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam said that we are sliding to become a failed state.
But what distressed me most was the incessant lying by Umno politicians in the 1MDB matter.
The ultimate lie is when the MP of Langkawi dared to smear and malign our sovereign, our King, our Yang di-Pertuan Agong as MO1 (Malaysian Official 1), a term used by the USA DoJ to describe a top official of the Malaysian Government who received millions of funds in his personal accounts.
This is despicable. This is “biadap” (rude). This is “derhaka” (being unfaithful).
I am Chinese but I respect the Yang di-Pertuan Agung.
A politician who cannot do that is an abomination to the nation. But all this is happening because Umno politicians are trying to be cheeky by playing on the term “MO1”.
That is why the Langkawi MP, daring to insult our royal Institution, by suggesting that the “MO1” is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, is treason. This is seditious. The AG must prosecute this “biadap” man.
At the same time, all these would not happen if the Attorney-General makes a clarification as to who “MO1” is.
If Umno, the government or the AG are unsure, I suggest they write to the DoJ to seek clarification.
Or I can help them and get my foundation to write to the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur to obtain that clarification.
It is not good for this country that this issue is left unclear until even an MP can suggest in a demeaning and slanderous way that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is “MO1”.
At the same time, I call on the Bar Council to act to protect the Constitution and the King by seeking a fiat to prosecute this “biadap” MP of Langkawi if the AG is unwilling to do so.
Allah Selamatkan Raja-Raja kami. Daulat Tuanku!
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