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TO SOW HATRED AGAINST RULERS
‘To do’ list
for the PM

Royal response
by Tan Yi Liang
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA: Kill corruption. Promote


fairness in all policies. Enhance efficiency in
governance. Raise standard of education.
These are the most frequently mentioned
tasks that readers of theSun want Datuk Seri
Najib Abdul Razak to give priority to during
his tenure as the 6th prime minister.
The responses were in answer to an
invitation to readers to list the top three
KUALA KANGSAR: Responding to allegations goes beyond what is stipulated in the constitu- things they want Najib and his cabinet to
hurled against rulers by political groups, Perak’s tion. The rulers have a far wider responsibility tackle first, especially against the backdrop
Sultan Azlan Shah said yesterday that rulers in ensuring that the spirit of the constitution, of a grim global economy.
are above politics and cannot take part in open the philosophy behind the written law, and Most of the respondents wanted a clean,
debate to defend themselves. the interest of the country and the people are efficient and fair government, as these are
He said the action of certain political groups safeguarded at all times,” he said. the elements that need to be in place before
to provoke the people and sow seeds of hatred He said based on the spirit behind the the nation can be taken to greater heights.
against the rulers was akin to fanning “embers formation of the Federation of the Malay States, They also wanted education to be a main
in the chaff” which, he said, was a dangerous the rulers were responsible to protect the privi- agenda, with one respondent describing it as
act and could destroy the peace enjoyed by the leges and position of the Rulers Institution, Islam, “the nurturing bed of the nation”.
people and the country. the Malay language and the legitimate interest of “With good education, the people will be
“These groups are allowing the end to other races. “These are the basis of understand- progressive; it will be the shield and sword
justify the means by condoning such acts. ing and the ingredients which resulted in the for the nation as the world gets inevitably
These groups and individuals feel that they formation of an independent and sovereign smaller and globalised,” said Robert Lim.
are faultless and immune from any action, nation, enabling its people to live in peace and Other big “winners” were the need to pro-
to the extent of disregarding the law for harmony.” mote greater democratic discourse through
the sake of attaining power,” he said at the Sultan Azlan said throughout Malaysia’s a free press, and an independent judiciary.
loyalty pledge and investiture ceremony in Istana 52 years of nationhood, the country’s ad- Making Malaysia a safer place to live
Iskandariah to mark his 81st birthday. ministration had seen its ups and downs. and work in by reducing the crime rate, and
Sultan Azlan also said he felt there was too “I myself have been giving views and improving the standard of living, were also
much politicking in the country and that this advice either openly or behind closed doors on popular “tasks”.
would affect economic productivity and the matters which I think should be rectified.” The following are some excerpts:
country’s image. “In facing the global economic He called on the people to be wary of
crisis, too much politicking is not helpful to the bids to provoke them into dismantling the sys-
people who are struggling to make ends meet.” tem and institution as this could create chaos. FAIR-MINDED INSTITUTIONS
He said leaders of various political parties Perak has been immersed in a political » “The PM should promote truly independ-
should find a meeting point from which they imbroglio since February when the Barisan ent, professional and fair-minded govern-
could work out ways to cooperate for the sake Nasional seized power after four assemblymen ment institutions that are not beholden to
of the country and people. swithched allegiance from the Pakatan Rakyat. any political power at both federal and state
Sultan Azlan, a former Lord President, also The previous government’s leaders have fought government levels, but that these govern-
spoke on the need to correct the misconception tooth and nail to frustrate the new administra- ment institutions be fully committed to
that the constitutional monarchy was just a tion by filing legal action and challenging the serve the tax-paying rakyat professionally,
symbol devoid of any power. BN-led government’s legitimacy. – Bernama efficiently and courteously,” said “All-for-one
He said the rulers were neither blind, deaf nor & one-for-all Malaysian”.
mute. In fact, they were fully aware of what was
These groups are allowing the end to justify the » “Be truthful and fair ... in your execution
going on in the country. “It should be stressed the of duty and serve genuinely all Malaysian
constitutional monarchy has three rights – the
right to give views and counsel, the right to en-
means by condoning such acts. These groups irrespective of their political ideologies,” said
Sritharan Palanisamy.
courage and motivate, and the right to remind and and individuals feel that they are faultless and
CORRUPTION
reprimand,” he said.
Sultan Azlan said although the constitutional immune from any action, to the extent of disregarding » “Corruption must be curbed. Datuk Seri
monarchy acted based on the power vested in
it under the constitution, it would be erroneous
the law for the sake of attaining power.” must make sure the cabinet is clean, hard-
working and walk the talk. We will get sad
to think that the role of a ruler was similar to – Sultan Azlan Shah and sakit hati if corruption is still rampant.
that of a president whose functions had been I urge Datuk Seri to focus on winning back
pre-defined in the constitution.
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