Malay Rulers Express Concern over Growing Intolerance

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The Malay Rulers also praised the Sultan of Johor and Raja Muda of Perlis who prohibited Muslims-only launderettes in their respective states.

The Malay Rulers have expressed concern that unity and harmony in the country are eroding following a series of racial and religious controversies.

Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad in a statement yesterday said the Rulers found that in recent weeks, the actions of certain individuals had gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, risking the harmony that currently exists within the country’s multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.

“The Rulers are of the opinion that the damaging implications of such actions are more severe when they are erroneously associated with or committed in the name of Islam.

“As a religion that encourages its followers to be respectful, moderate and inclusive, the reputation of Islam must not be tainted by the divisive actions of certain groups or individuals which may lead to rifts among the rakyat,” the statement read.

The Malay Rulers voiced their appreciation for the Sultan of Johor and the Raja Muda of Perlis who prohibited Muslims-only launderettes in their respective states.

Sultan Ibrahim was vocal in his unhappiness with the launderette in Muar, following which the owner apologised for his actions and opened his door to all customers.

In Kangar, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin visited the launderette with his mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin to tell its owner why his business model was not acceptable. The owner then opened his outlet to all customers, too.

Their positions, the Rulers said, showed their commitment to ensuring that Muslims behave with respect, moderation and inclusiveness, in a nation which is home to people of many different ethnic groups and religions.

“Unity among Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious people is key to ensuring the country’s ongoing stability. After 60 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,” the Rulers stressed.

They added that the Rukun Negara, which outlined five guiding principles for the country, must continue to serve as a compass to all citizens including leaders and government officials.

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