14 June 2018
Agong: Royal institution not mere symbol, crucial in times of crises
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, in his Hari Raya Aidil Fitri message delivered today, reminded Malaysians that the royal institution should not be taken lightly, stressing that it is not a mere symbol but has a crucial role to play during times of crises.
“The royal institution in the practice of a constitutional monarchy, particularly the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, cannot be taken lightly and treated in a whimsical manner as it is an institution clearly outlined in the Federal Constitution.
“The institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, in my opinion, should not be seen as a mere symbol as it plays a crucial role in stabilising the situation when crises occur so that the people and the country do not suffer,” he said.
He said the drafters of the federal constitution had made this clear in writing.
“But more importantly is what is not clearly written but is implied which is courtesy and morality as taught by our ancestors and which should be carefully appreciated by all,” he said.
As easterners, the ruler said Malaysians should not abandon such values.
In his address, Sultan Muhammad urged Malaysians to foster unity and visit one another’s homes during the Hari Raya.
The ruler’s Hari Raya address over RTM was broadcast back-to-back with Prime Minister Dr Mahthir Mohamad’s Hari Raya address.