Agong receives Umno and DAP leaders, urges unity

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Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Ismail today granted an audience to senior leaders of Umno and DAP at Istana Negara.

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Among those present were Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan, Malacca Chief Minister Ab Rauf Yusoh, Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh and DAP deputy secretary-general Liew Chin Tong.

“I would like to advise all parties to focus on inviting the people towards unity, instead of division. I want to see the people united in harmony.

“I hope that political leaders are not extreme in giving views on religious and racial issues. Not only Umno and DAP but also all other parties.

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“Leaders must be a bridge or link among the plural people of our country with examples of mature behaviour,” said Sultan Ibrahim on Facebook.

The audience comes on the back of Akmal’s prominent role in leading a boycott of the KK Super Mart chain store after the chain inadvertently carried socks bearing the word “Allah”.

In the aftermath of the boycott call, three outlets were attacked with petrol bombs.

On his social media, Akmal posted about the audience saying that he would uphold the advice of the king.

“I uphold the order on the advice of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to maintain the harmony of the country and preserve the purity of the Islamic religion so the ongoing situation can be calmed down,” he said.

However, it is not known what reconciliatory action Akmal will take, especially when it comes to his call for a nationwide boycott of the KK Super Mart convenience store chain.