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Don't forget your roots, avoid dispute over royal institution, Malays told

KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 (Bernama) -- Malays should be aware of their roots and always refer to the Malaysian Constitution to prevent disputes over the palace and royal institution, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

"This is because most Malays have forgotten their roots. They should be aware of that and hold on to history," he told reporters after presenting certificates of appreciation to contributors for the Coffin Exhibition at the National Museum, here today.

The minister was commenting on the current situation where most people were becoming more daring to question the instruction of the Sultan and the Ruler, as well as the conflict of the monarchy.

He said law enforcement authorities should take immediate action against those who try to violate and degrade the institution of Monarchy.

"What is important now is how we can guarantee Article 181, 153, 152 and other articles (in the Constitution) related to the power of the monarch, including Article 38 and 43 where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the supreme monarch in the country.

"There should be a law that will enable immediate action to be taken if the institution were to be degraded," he said.

Rais said the palace should also show an exemplary image to prevent the people from being disappointed by the their administration in the royal institution.

"If the institution was in a mess, the people will lose faith, and this is what we have to take a good care of," he added.

MySinchew 2010.05.08



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