The Yang di-Pertuan Agong calls on the people to refrain from inciting misunderstanding
by BERNAMA / pic by BERNAMA
AL-SULTAN Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, in his maiden address as the newly-installed Yang di-Pertuan Agong, called on the people to refrain from inciting misunderstandings by raising matters than can undermine and destroy harmony in the country.
The new King stressed that unity and harmony are the pillars and strength of the nation.
“Playing with fire will burn not only oneself, but also the whole village,” Sultan Abdullah said at his installation as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Negara yesterday.
He also stressed that the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is very important in the system of nationhood in Malaysia which practises parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy and that the institution is not a mere symbol.
“It is the basis of unity, of bringing the people together and of sparking the spirit of patriotism. It is a spirit that, if inherited and cherished by every single citizen, can bring forth a sense of love and loyalty to the country,” he said.
Recognising this fact, the King pledged to do his best to promote unity and tolerance among the people of all races and religions.
“I will put the people first; respect the old and honour the young. I will express all this with great humility,” he said, welcoming the government’s effort to strengthen unity through the establishment of the Consultative
Council for People’s Harmony. Recalling the auspicious date of July 10, 1980, when his late father Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah was installed as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah said it was destined by Allah that he be installed on the same throne used by his father 39 years ago.
Sultan Abdullah also hailed the late Sultan Ahmad Shah as a stern, yet open-minded personality.
“His relationship with the people was so intimate; it clearly showed his intention of always wanting the best for the people,” he said, and requested the audience to pray for his father’s soul to be placed among the righteous.
Sultan Abdullah said his reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is somewhat destined because Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is the seventh prime minister (PM), was the fourth PM during the reign of the late Sultan Ahmad Shah.
So, he said, there is truth in the saying that a great statesman will never become out of date over time or in terms of age.
Sultan Abdullah said he hopes the close cooperation and understanding that existed between his late father and the PM will continue during his rule for the sake of the country’s prosperity and the beloved people.
Sultan Abdullah expressed optimism that the Pakatan Harapan government led by a widely-experienced and wellinformed Dr Mahathir will be able to withstand any obstacle ahead and lead the country to the pinnacle of success.
His Majesty also welcomed the government’s efforts in restructuring the country’s development plans and strengthening its finances, besides enhancing governance and integrity, as well as combating corruption and defending the rule of law.
“I would like to congratulate my government for its foresightedness in coming up with a new economic model known as the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.
“I hope that efforts to eradicate poverty are also given priority. The cycle of the legacy of poverty should be addressed immediately because it can affect the agenda of building a developed nation,” he said. — Bernama