Perak Sultan: Growing pains part of Malaysia's path to mature democracy
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah hiving his royal keynote address during the 5th World Conference on Islamic Thought and Civilization in Ipoh. SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star
IPOH: Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah (pic) said there will be âgrowing painsâ in the journey to make Malaysia a mature democracy capable of joining the rest of the nations already in this âPremier Leagueâ.
He added that nobody should be left behind in the process, including those with whom we may disagree.
âWe must avoid the unhealthy practice made in some countries where following an important victory, the winner takes allâ.
âEveryone under the Malaysian sun should be part of this journey, and we should be mindful to involve all of the nationâs stakeholders in this historic journey,â he said in his speech at the launch of the
World Conference on Islamic Thought and Civilisation 2018 here on Tuesday (July 17).
Sultan Nazrin was speaking on the recently concluded 14th General Election where citizens of Malaysia, the voters brought about substantial, and unprecedented political transformation through the ballot box.
He hoped that Malaysians felt empowered to make their mark and to influence the nationâs future.
â As I stressed a little over a decade ago, âMalaysians of all races, religions and geographic locations need to believe beyond a shadow of doubt that they have a place under the Malaysian sun.
âIt will require what our ulama call both tajdid (renewal) as well as islah (improvement) to breath new life into, and to rejuvenate our institutions, and where necessary to improve upon them,â he added.
In his message he also expressed that âthe future is oursâ to safeguard, shape and enjoy.
He said the message is short, and seemingly a simple assertion, and yet one which invites a number of questions.
âAs a Muslim, I believe Islam has much to offer the world when it comes to tackling some of the biggest challenges for the future mankind, especially in economic and environmental terms,â he said.Related NewsSource: Google News Malaysia | Netizen 24 Malaysia