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Respect the federal constitution, says King (Updated 1:46pm)

(Updated 1:46pm)

LUMPUR, 16 Feb 2009: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin today reminded the people to respect the federal constitution and expressed the hope that there will be no attempts to create laws that contravene it.

He said the history of the country’s independence and the federal constitution must be explained to the young so that they would have a better understanding of the basis for the formation of the country.

“The young generation is the country’s back-up and hope for the future. The principles of the Rukun Negara must be understood and appreciated by all strata of the society,” he said when opening the Dewan Rakyat sitting here.

Tuanku Mizan expressed regret that despite the country having gained independence for 51 years, certain parties were still raising narrow racial issues for public debate.

“I want to stress that my government will not hesitate to take action against anyone who tries to disunite the people, to ensure that racial harmony and peace in the country are maintained,” he said to applause from the members of Parliament.

Tuanku Mizan said that the rights of every citizen, which were enshrined in the federal constitution, would always be preserved and respected.

“As such, I appeal to all the people to jointly enhance unity for national stability and prosperity. The racial and cultural diversity should be deployed to become our national strength.”

He also reminded all parties to respect and not question the status of Islam as the federal religion as provided for in the federal constitution.

On the false news and defamation being spread through blogs to the extent of confusing the people, he wanted the people to be wise in assessing such information.

“We should learn from history where empires and civilisations have collapsed as a result of defamation, hatred and disunity among their peoples.”

He also wanted media practitioners, including bloggers, to be more ethical and responsible and not to abuse the freedom given them, to preserve harmony in the society.

His Majesty welcomed the formation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) saying that it showed the government’s sincerity and determination to keep its promise to fight corruption, abuse and irregularities.

“To ensure efficient and effective implementation of efforts to fight corruption the MACC must comprise professional, skilled and highly capable officers who are trained in various fields,” he added.

He said that to attract such officers, the MACC would offer a better service scheme and emoluments to recognise these officers for their important role and contribution in enhancing integrity and curbing crimes of corruption in the country.

He believed that the setting up of the MACC and the Judges Appointment Commission (JAC) would further enhance the people’s confidence in the institutions as well as raise the country’s dignity at the international level.

Stressing the importance of early education, he urged parents, non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies to play a role in helping the educationists to produce outstanding human capital right up to the international level.

“Efforts to extend pre-school education will continue to be made to ensure that education is obtained at an early age. Besides that, the preschool and primary school curricula will be transformed to make them more relevant to current and future needs,” he said.

Tuanku Mizan also praised the government for its prompt action in holding a special parliamentary session to condemn Israel’s aggressions on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on 12 Jan.

“My government is always ready for interaction so that the small countries especially are not oppressed or pressured on the excuse of side-lining international law and basic human rights.

“I’m proud of the Malaysian government for initiating a resolution for a special sitting of the United Nations to discuss the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip,” he added.

He said the sending of medical and monetary aid by Malaysians of various races and religions further highlighted that the country cared for universal peace and security in general and the plight of the Palestinians in particular.

He expressed his appreciation to members of the Dewan Negara, Dewan Rakyat, civil service and police as well as the people for jointly contributing to the development, prosperity and security of the country.

“All parties must continue to step up efforts in support for the government to tackle the challenges, especially the challenges of the global economic slowdown. This is because without the united support of the people, all these efforts will not succeed,” he said. — Bernama


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