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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Respond positively to call from the Rulers

I REFER to the report “Unity first, say Rulers” (The Star, Oct 11). In view of the recent cases of bigotry and extremism, it is an absolute relief that our beloved Rulers have come out to state clearly that, among others, Malaysia is a multireligious and multiracial nation.

The Rulers have also reminded us to abide by the principles of the Federal Constitution and the tenets of the Rukunegara, our national philosophy.

How many times do we have to be reminded that moderation is the way forward for our country?

Throughout our six decades of independence, we have been able to enjoy continuous harmony and prosperity because we acted in accordance with the principles of our Federal Constitution, which was drafted upon the understanding that all citizens regardless of race, religion and culture would enjoy fairness and justice.

Therefore, whatever we do, we must never go overboard in our thoughts and actions.

Many countries have high regard for Malaysia because of the ability of its people of diverse racial and religious backgrounds to live in harmony together. Everyone has a place under the Malaysian sun as long as they work hard and with integrity.

In fact, we always boast of our vibrant economy, the fruit of decades of industrial growth and political stability as a result of close cooperation and understanding among the people.

Surely, our Rulers’ call for moderation, tolerance and respect will resonate among all Malaysians. We must respond positively to prevent extreme individuals or groups from derailing our social and economic transformation programmes. Daulat Tuanku!

THOMAS KOK

Ipoh