History discourse on Royal Institution to be distributed to schools to dispel negative notions

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE 44th polemic history presentation themed “Royal Institution” will be compiled into a book and distributed to schools, academies and institutions for use and reference, to dispel any negative notions that may transpire each time the topic is discussed.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said in the past few recent years, the topic of the royal institution has become a heated topic, especially in political discussions.

“In fact, in the Parliament sitting, phrases such as ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ is also brought up, but these things usually only come up when one side is speaking with good intentions.

“The Opposition might bring it up just to add heat to the environment. As such, the royal institution topic is often approached negatively,” she said at the discourse and presentation in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.

She added that the institution has to be maintained due to reasons.

“One of them being the fact that we have to turn to the institution to maintain peace and to help right the country’s situation when politics is involved,” she said.

National Archives DG Datuk Azemi Abdul Aziz said the topic has become an issue that is often debated among the public and there have been attempts made by irresponsible parties to deny the role of royalties in the country, particularly the King.

“Hopefully with the polemic and discourse, experts on the matter can provide something for the public to base on for future discussions,” he said.

He added that it is important for the compilation to be shared especially knowing that not a lot of people have lived through the time in which the institution was decided on.

Yesterday’s event also saw the presentation of two papers by University Malaya lecturer Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Abdullah Zakaria Ghazali and International Islamic University law lecturer and Malaysian constitutional expert Prof Madya Dr Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz.

Meanwhile, the polemic and presentation also include the National Archives’ collaboration with Artwist.co, featuring limited-edition chronograph timepieces accented with rose gold, depicting former Prime Ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak.

The production of the wristwatches is limited to 300 pieces and those who are interested would have to place a pre-order via https://artwist.co.