KUCHING, Aug 31: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah calls for Malaysians from all walks of life to respect the principles of the Rukun Negara as the basis of the country’s unity, and not just as a mere symbol.
According to His Majesty, the five principles of Rukun Negara form a formula on how the people of various races, religions, cultures and languages can overcome differences and embrace diversity to live in peaceful and harmonious environment, and it should be practised in all aspects of life.
“The Rukun Negara also demands a nation or state that is formed on the strength of strong religious beliefs, while the people are required to be loyal to the King, who is the umbrella and symbol of the country’s sovereignty,” he asserted.
His Majesty said this in his Royal Address in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Rukun Negara and the National Day 2020 celebration, held in Putrajaya, today.
His Majesty also outlined the core principles in the Rukun Negara which are universal in nature that cuts across noble values of all nations and religions and is worthy of becoming a guide for the citizens of an independent nation.
The King said the principles should serve as guidance and be practised by all, including the country’s leaders, the government and Malaysians, and reminded all to respect and defend all things that matter, including privileges and rights that had been agreed upon and enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“The justice in this county is bound by laws that must be respected and adhered to by every citizen regardless of rank and title,” he added.
On another matter, His Majesty commended the government for its efforts to strengthen the country’s economy, while safeguarding the welfare of the people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also extended his gratitude to all Malaysians for their resilience and determination, and called on the people to appreciate and safeguard the country’s independence and peace.
“Indeed, peace and harmony in a multiracial society is the backbone of a nation’s strength, and I am confident, if the spirit contained in the Rukun Negara continues to be appreciated, and firmly embedded in the soul of every Malaysian, Insya-Allah (God willing), our country will continue to remain peaceful and harmonious, and become a strong and prosperous nation, with people that are united,” he added. — DayakDaily