Hello opposition please respect our Rulers

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KUALA LUMPUR – Opposition politicians must put their ego aside and behave accordingly when dealing with protocols involving the Malay Rulers as the monarchs are very much relevant and respected by the people.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, via his news portal Malaysia-Today, stressed that the Malays in particular had great respect for the monarchy and any act of disrespect to the Rulers was deemed to be an insult to the Malays.

“The Istana influence in politics and elections should not be downplayed or underestimated. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah understood this well when he said that the Rulers are the symbol of kedaulatan Melayu.

“When the majority of the Malays are still feudalistic and when many of the seats are Malay-majority seats it matters (respecting the Rulers),” the blogger said.

The PKR-led Selangor state government’s failure to invite Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for the state level Merdeka celebration has caused public uproar.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, as reported in a newsportal earlier, stressed that it was not a norm for the Sultan to be invited for state level Merdeka Day celebrations but Sultan Sharafuddin’s private secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani refuted Khalid’s contention, stressing that it was the custom of the previous state government to invite the Sultan for such celebrations.

“The invitation was a formality and it was up the Sultan to accept or otherwise,” he said.

“The Monarchy may be only a Constitutional Monarchy and without executive powers, and some may even view the Monarchy as outdated and no longer relevant, but the Malays still regard the Monarchy as a ‘sacred cow’ that should not be dragged through the mud — just like how they feel about Islam, the Malay language and kedaulatan Melayu”.

A few bloggers had lambasted the opposition-led state government stressing that the symbol of Monarchy must be defended with all means.

Blogger The Flying Kick said it was such a despicable move for Khalid to invite Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim but not the Ruler of Selangor.

“If Sultan did not make it, it was Khalid’s responsibility to give the opening speech, not an outsider like Anwar.

“This is not the first time they had shown their disrespect towards the rulers. Are they really serious on changing Malaysia to a republic country?,” he questioned.