Monday, 02 September 2019 09:44

Stop racial, religious provocations, Sultan Nazrin urges

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IPOH: Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah urged the people, particularly political leaders, to stop racial or religious provocations.

He said it was important for both sides of the political divide to tone down racially-tinged vitriol that had been apparent recently.

“After 62 years of independence, the voices of racial and religious hatred have been played out verbally lately.

“The post-14th General Election political temperature is increasingly heated, and this is due to things being done by people from both sides; those who lost and those who won.

“What victory do these leaders want by competing against each other’s ego in their quest for influence and political support?

“What satisfaction will they gain if there is bloodshed or if bodies are scattered while building and vehicles are destroyed by fire?

“It is compulsory for us to tone down such temperatures,” said Sultan Nazrin at the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration at Casuarina@Meru Hotel here yesterday.

He said racial and religious provocations were like ticking time bombs.

While citing past cases, in which mosques and Hindu temples were desecrated and Prophet Muhammad was insulted, Sultan Nazrin said these acts were done by people who wanted to gain something.

“Be aware of it! The splinters from such time bombs do not discriminate their victims. In fact, the grandchildren and family members of those who install such time bombs are also exposed to the consequences of these shallow minds.”

He said whenever provocations occurred, the facts and validity of the news were not important as people’s emotions would get the better of them.

He said emotions clouded the judgment of even the well-educated, and that was why such provocation must never be allowed to continue.

He said when dealing with such cases, the law must be upheld to protect the people’s safety, property and the innocent.

He said other recent issues, such as an item in the school curriculum, disciplinary action against a student and the wrong way of flying the Jalur Gemilang, had been interpreted through racial and religious lenses.

“This is not healthy as it puts the country in danger. A majority of our citizens love peace, but they are getting worried and scared.”

Sultan Nazrin presented the state Maal Hijrah Icon award to former Perak syariah chief judge Datuk Muhamad Asri Abdullah, who received RM10,000, a medal, plaque, a certificate and an umrah package worth

RM7,000.

Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia permanent chairman Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Shaari was named the recipient of the Ar-Ridzuan Special Award, which also came with a prize of RM10,000, a plaque, a certificate and an umrah package worth RM7,000.

In Alor Star, Sultan of Kedah Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah attended the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration at Wisma Darul Aman here.

He reminded people not to be selfish and not to disregard the country’s peace and harmony.

“We have only one country. This is where we live, work and go about our daily lives in peace. Don’t be selfish to the point that we allow the country to be destroyed by irresponsible people.

“These approaches must be embraced by all sides because it is for the betterment of the country, especially as it is key to enhancing the image of Islam as a religion that will remain relevant throughout the ages.”

He urged people to embrace maqasid syariah (primary goals of syariah) and Rahmatan LilAlamin (blessings for the whole world) for the betterment of society and the country.

Present were Sultanah of Kedah Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

The imam of Masjid Kampung Pokok Asam in Sungai Petani, Abdullah Yahaya, received the state Maal Hijrah Icon award. He also received RM15,000, a certificate and other gifts.

In Kuala Terengganu, Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin attended the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration at the Kuala Terengganu State Stadium here.

Present were Sultanah of Terengganu Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Yang di-Pertuan Muda Terengganu Tengku Muhammad Ismail, Tengku Setia Mahkota Raja Tengku Muhammad Mua’az and Tengku Puteri Daulath Raja Tengku Fatimatuz Zahra’.

Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar and his wife, Datin Seri Tuan Faizah Tuan Ab Rahman.

Sultan Mizan presented the state-level Maal Hijrah Icon award to Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who received RM10,000, an umrah package worth RM10,000, clothing worth RM500, a trophy and a certificate.

In Kuantan, the Maal Hijrah celebration was held on a moderate scale at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Broadcasting Complex here. It was attended by more than 1,000 people.

Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah, who launched the event, presented the Pahang Maal Hijrah award to five recipients.

Present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and State Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman.

We have only one country. This is where we live, work and go about our daily lives in peace. Don’t be selfish to the point that we allow the country to be destroyed by irresponsible people. SULTAN SALLEHUDDIN SULTAN BADLISHAH, Sultan of Kedah

Published in: The New Straits Times, Monday 2 September 2019