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People need to be assured of their place in Keluarga Malaysia, says Sultan Nazrin

People need to be assured of their place in Keluarga Malaysia, says Sultan Nazrin
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 25): The people need to be assured that they have a place in Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family), Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said.

As such, he said the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia needs to be strengthened through the practice of openness in accepting the differences of opinion, in agreeing to disagree, and in appreciating the differences of approaches and methods.

“Each voice should be given space to be heard because the voices of the unheard have the potential to ignite a fire with lava of revenge that is more volcanic in nature,” he said at the sending-off ceremony at Dewan Seri Bendahara, Istana Negara on Monday (Oct 25).

Among those present at the ceremony were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Zuki Mohd Ali, Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, Senate President Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.

While giving an analogy of a large orchestra, Sultan Nazrin said each musical instrument would have its own sound — whether by blowing, pressing, stroking or beating — and none of them is deemed insignificant or unimportant.

“A great orchestra conductor appreciates every sound of every instrument. More instruments will make more sounds and a greater melody if successfully harmonised. A wise leader can learn a lot from a great orchestra conductor,” he said.

Sultan Nazrin said the concept of the Malaysian Family is nothing new, and he believes that the concept of Keluarga Malaysia mooted by the premier refers to a very large Malaysian family.

He said a leader of a very large family needs a high level of patience, capability, focus and willpower to discharge his duties in a fair and just manner.

“The bigger the family, the more complex the challenges will be as more family members mean more voices to be heard, and more requirements and needs to be fulfilled,” he said.

In his address, Sultan Nazrin also expressed appreciation to the prime minister and the entire Cabinet for all the cooperation given to him in exercising the duties of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. 

The Ruler also expressed similar appreciation to the chief secretary to the government and government officials who provided him with information and advice before making any decision.

“The same goes to Istana Negara officials and staff who made it easy for me to exercise the duties of the head of state.

“May the harmonious ties between Istana Negara and Putrajaya continue to persist in the spirit of mutual understanding and mutual respect,” he added.

Sultan Nazrin is performing the duties of the King from Sept 18 during Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah’s visit to the UK.

Sultan Nazrin will end the duties at midnight (after Oct 25).