King: Don’t belittle the monarchy

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PETALING JAYA — Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy is crucial during times of crisis and must not be disparaged or mocked, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V said.

In his Hari Raya Aidilfitri address on TV last night, the King said Malaysians must also not adopt what he described as the Western practice of ridiculing others without regard for the outcome.

The position of the King and his duties is also clearly defined in the Federal Constitution, Sultan Muhammad said.

“Let us not forget our origins as Asians, full of civility, manners and grace,” he said, stressing that he wanted all Malaysians to take his concerns seriously.

“We are not Westerners who act emotionally and without care for the repercussions to the country.”

The King also emphasised that his position was not only symbolic but also carried great responsibilities in times of national crisis.

Earlier, he cautioned Muslims against the sin of slander, which he said was considered worse than murder in Islam.

“In the spirit of Aidilfitri, let us uphold the custom of visiting one another and to stay away from conflict with each other,” the King said.

“Most of all, let us avoid slandering others, which is far worse than killing.”