KUALA LUMPUR — The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said Malaysia is still a “work in progress” even after 60 years of independence.
“We are not perfect, we have cracks and fissures but we are encouraged by the commitment that has been made to strengthen our institutions and by the reforms that have been articulated,” he said when launching the book Reflections on Malaysian Unity and Other Challenges by academic Chandra Muzaffar.
“We need to work on the separation of powers, ensuring the role of the monarchy is not abused, and neither should its role as the protector of all citizens be diminished.”
Sultan Nazrin said that following the general election in May, voters are now focused on good governance and hope for an administration based on the rule of law and not the charisma of an individual.
“The voting trend among the younger generation is proof that issues which sensationalise religion and race have lost their effectiveness as factors of attraction,” he said.
“The reduced influence of sensationalised religious and race issues allows an open space for political culture in this country to be developed on the same denominator.”
He said the majority should never suppress the rights of minority groups of their culture and religion.
Sultan Nazrin said he was certain Malaysians could do much more to achieve greater unity as a people and as a nation.
“Malaysia has progressed and that cannot be denied,” he said. “If the past is any indicator of the future, I am confident we will pull through and we just have to be progressive in carrying out our ‘work in progress’.”