KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should not take the royal institution lightly, especially the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (pic), in the practice of constitutional monarchy.

Sultan Muhammad V said this was because the institution was clearly recognised in the Federal Constitution.

Hence, he said the matter must be taken into consideration by all parties and not to follow the culture of Western society whose actions are based on emotions without thinking of their good and bad effects to the country.

“The institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is not merely taken in terms of symbolism but it has a great responsibility, especially in stabilising the situation during a crisis, so as not to endanger the people and nation,” he said in his Hari Raya Aidilfitri message broadcast live through RTM yesterday.

Sultan Muhammad V also called on all Malaysians to preserve unity and harmony by extending their hands to forgive each other in the celebration on the first of Syawal.

He said the people should foster the culture of visiting each other on this glorious day to strengthen relations.

“Stop and forget about bickering among Muslims. Stay away from slanders as the sins of slanders are worse than murder,” he said.

The King said the Malay Muslim community would only remain blessed if it was guided by customs and syarak (Islamic teachings).

“Therefore, in conjunction with this glorious Hari Lebaran Syawal, I said this as a meaningful message from the King to his beloved people and country.

“I hope with the learnings in the madrasah during Ramadan for a month would enable us to become people devoted to the religion and become high quality human capital with integrity to drive the reformation for a developed and prosperous country and receive the forgiveness of Allah,” he said.

Sultan Muhammad V also remin­ded the people returning to their hometowns for the celebration to put safety first in their journey.

“Drive carefully, avoid accidents so that we are not sad in happiness.

“I hope this celebration will give meaning and impact to us in carrying out our duties as servants of Allah,” he said. — Bernama
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