Our kings have sworn to protect us, not protect Umno leaders or Umno, says Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz.
HRH Raja Nazrin one day gave a talk in Singapore.
One Singaporean attendee asked him two questions: Dr Nazrin (he holds a PhD from Harvard), (1) what is the future of the monarchy in Malaysia, and (2) how have they played the role of constitutional monarchs in Malaysia.
Dr Nazrin, as he was referred to then, answered: Since you asked two questions, I shall answer the second one first. The position of the Malay rulers as constitutional monarchs is well laid out in the Malaysian constitution. Unfortunately, there are some among the monarchs who behaved like absolute rulers.
From there I can answer the first question. The future of the monarchy in Malaysia depends on the conduct and performance of the rulers.
He then continued: I remember as a kid, I heard the same question answered by our venerable Tunku Abdu Rahman, himself a scion of the Kedah Royal House. Tunku said the same thing- the future of the monarchy depends on their conduct. Otherwise, I am afraid we will have Raja Kelawar and Raja Lekok eventually. Otherwise, we will have only the King of Hearts and King of Spades.
I hope our Malay rulers heed the voice of the majority who don’t have the courage to say things openly. Maybe they don’t like to hear this – but not a few rejected the idea that their destiny depends on the Malay rulers.
Our kings are the fountainhead of Justice. Our kings have sworn to protect us, not protect Umno leaders or Umno. Do not allow the government of imperial Najib to use the Sedition Act to subjugate the people. In this internet age, no one can be silenced.
The police should remain professional and be implementers of civil peace and executioner of just laws. They should not be a willing and compliant participant to the oppression carried out by a bewildered government led by a not-so-clever PM.
One day, a group of oil and gas engineers met up in a meeting. The group included foreign engineers.
The chairman of the meeting announced, “We are pleased to announce that our colleague from Malaysia, Mr Najib, is also here. But please don’t worry – this is the clever Najib.”
The feudal-minded among the Malays should accept this. Ours is a constitutional monarch. No one is asking for the abolition of the monarchy. When we created a special court for them, we acknowledged both their shortcomings and exalted stature and that is why we created a special court for them. I don’t have to lecture these people on the meaning of the concept of constitutional monarch.
Those of us who believe firmly in limited monarchy are not at all intimidated by the congregation of people in Selangor pompously proclaiming their undying loyalty to the king. That is their business and their own funeral. They want to be absolute royalists, let them be. The rest of us are contented with just being constitutional monarchists, but loyal nevertheless.
We won’t hold anything against you for being zombied out and believing that non-compliance with a royal decree means durhaka. The concept of durhaka has no meaning in law – it is not a crime. It had meaning only under the regime of absolute monarchs during whose time, people of a similar line of thinking, like the ones congregating to proclaim their undying loyalty, ingratiating themselves to absolute rulers to suppress the toiling masses. Those days are gone, my friend.
Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz is the member of parliament for Raub