Malay Rulers concerned over divisive actions
By LAILI ISMAIL - October 10, 2017 @ 6:07pm
THE Conference of Rulers has expressed concern over the divisive actions of people who have gone overboard in expressing their conviction, putting the harmony in Malaysiaâs diverse society on the line.
In a statement today, the Malay rulers said the damaging implications of such actions were more severe when mistakenly associated with, or committed in the name of Islam.
They urged all Malaysians to adhere to the core principles laid out in Federal Constitution, which was drafted on the understanding that the countryâs citizens are of many and different religious and ethnic backgrounds.
âIn recent weeks, the actions of certain individuals have gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, putting at risk the harmony that currently exists within our multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.
âAs a religion that encourages its followe rs to be respectful, moderate and inclusive, the reputation of Islam must not ever be tainted by the divisive actions of certain groups or individuals which may lead to rifts among the rakyat,â the statement read.
The rulers echoed the strong stance taken by Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor and Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail in prohibiting muslim-only launderettes in both of the states.
Their positions, the rulers said, demonstrated their commitment to ensuring that âMuslims behave with respect, moderation and inclusiveness, in a country which is home to people of many different ethnic groups and religionsâ.
âUnity among Malaysiaâs multi-ethnic and multi-religious people is key to ensuring the countryâs ongoing stability. After sixty years of independence, we must continue to act in accordance with the principles embodied within the Constitution and manifested in the spirit of the Rukun Negara,â the Rulers noted.
They added that the Rukun Negara, which outlined five aspirations and five guiding principles for the country, must continue to serve as a compass to all citizens including leaders and government officials.
Last month, a self-service laundrette in Muar, Johor drew social media ire for its discriminatory business policy which prohibited non-muslim patrons.
Subsequently, the Johor royalty and a chorus of non-governmental organisations expressed their disappointment over the policy.
The business owner then apologised and agreed to abide by Sultan Ibrahimâs decree and took down the controversial signboard at his laundrette which stated that only Muslims were allowed to use its machines.
In a similar incident which took place in Kangar, Perlis, a two-month old laundrette drew flak from consumers for putting up a notice that said its services were âdedicated for Muslim use onlyâ.
The laundrette operator who had said that t he move was a marketing strategy, then agreed to change it following an advice from Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin, who was instructed by Tuanku Syed Faizuddin to probe the matter.
In recent weeks, Malaysian NGOs Coalition chairman Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos led a demonstration by smashing boxes of beer bottles with a sledgehammer after being barred from delivering them to the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam.
Jamal and seven of his associates were then arrested and remanded for three days but announced that he would hold an âice-cream eating protestâ in a bid to get the Selangor government to ban beer festivals.230 readsSource: Google News