Rulers have crucial duty on nation’s Covid-19 battle

by RAHIMI YUNUS

TENGKU Razaleigh Hamzah doubts that the Constitution and the institutions are designed capable of fighting the Covid-19 war.

The Gua Musang MP, also known as Ku Li, said the nation’s leadership is crucial at the moment and “we are in a state of do-or-die.”

Therefore, he said the Rulers have a duty at this crucial moment of the nation’s life to assume an important Constitutional role arising from the Oath that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has taken before the rulers who elected him to represent them.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah will be chairing the Conference of Rulers’ special meeting today, expected to begin at 2.30 pm, to deliberate on views of political leaders raised during their recent royal audiences with the King.

“The Constitution and the institutions are not designed for this war situation. And whether the institutions are capable of dealing with this new situation is in doubt.

“The Constitution and institutions are only as good as the people who lead it,” he said in a statement today.

He aid the Dewan Rakyat had suffered disabilities.

The King granted several audiences to various political leaders since last week, which according to the Palace is aimed at getting views and inputs on the nation’s battle against Covid-19.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement yesterday that the King had met with 18 political leaders from June 9 until June 15.

He had also granted an audience with the chairperson of the Special Independent Committee on the Emergency, Tun Arifin Zakaria at the palace.