By HIDAYATH HISHAM
The Parliamentary session will now begin with the recitation of Rukun Negara said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul.
He said the matter was decided together after he received a proposal from Minister of National Unity Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, who recommended the full Rukun Negara, including the preamble and five principles, be recited in the House of Representatives.
“I brought this to the Nation-Building Committee and the Race, Education and Human Resources Development Committee, and both have agreed to implement the recitation.” Tan Sri Johari Abdul revealed.
“Therefore, I recommend that the recitation of the Rukun Negara be done at every opening of the Dewan Rakyat term that is on the second day of the first meeting of each parliamentary term,” he said.
Rukun Negara is the five national principles of Malaysia drafted to promote unity after the deadly May 13 incident.
The five principles are: belief in God, loyalty to the King and country, supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law, and courtesy and morality.
The Rukun Negara also includes a preamble describing Malaysia’s aspiration to become a united, democratic, just, liberal, and progressive society.
It is commonly recited in schools during weekly assemblies, and in some government function