By – Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
KUALA LUMPUR: Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah reminds all citizens of this country not to make religious issues a source of controversy and political conflict.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong stated that all parties should respect the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation, as stated in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution.
His Majesty added that all citizens should also respect the position of the Malay Rulers as the heads of Islam.
“Nevertheless, other religions can still be practised peacefully and harmoniously.
“The strong spirit of tolerance among Malaysians in our diversity is, in fact, the foundation of our nation’s strength.
“Therefore, to build a strong, prosperous, respected, and dignified country, we must all discard any agenda of divisive rhetoric.
“Instead, let us unite to lead the country towards a better future,” said Al-Sultan Abdullah tonight, on the occasion of His Majesty’s Official Birthday celebration this Monday.
Furthermore, he expressed gratitude that his official birthday this year is celebrated in a landscape of a stable and peaceful nation.
Al-Sultan Abdullah emphasized that the process of forming the Federal Government after the 15th General Election (GE15) proceeded smoothly and in a peaceful atmosphere.
“This is clear evidence that the practice of democracy, which has been in place for the past seven decades, continues to thrive in this country.
“This democratic practice should continue to be the foundation for the stability and harmony of our nation.
“Our country, Malaysia, has tremendous potential to become a developed and respected nation,” added Al-Sultan Abdullah.
He stated that the main strength of our nation lies in its people.
Therefore, Al-Sultan Abdullah urged the leaders of the country to serve with sincere devotion and strive to develop an efficient, people-friendly, and integrity-driven administrative system to safeguard the future of our people and this fortunate nation,” reiterated Al-Sultan Abdullah.
Al-Sultan Abdullah was installed as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on July 30, 2019.