On the 23rd of January 2017, a group of concerned Malaysians launched an initiative to empower the Rukunegara. The initiative evolved as it received valuable feedback from various sectors of society. It was felt that after so many decades the Rukunegara should reclaim its rightful role as the nation’s ideology. After all, it was presented to the people as the nation’s ideology by the fourth Yang di- Pertuan Agong on the 31st of August 1970. The Rukunegara, it will be recalled, was formulated by a consultative council that was truly representative of the different communities and interests that comprised the nation. The National Consultative Council was helmed by Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. While the five aspirations and the five principles of the Rukunegara have had some positive impact upon the nation-building process in the last 48 years, the ideology, it is a fact, is not at the core of the nation. At a time when perspectives on the nation’s character and identity are becoming increasingly divergent, it is so essential for the people and the leadership to rededicate themselves to the lucidly articulated aspirations and principles of the Rukunegara. The Rukunegara could serve as a unifying platform for our multi-religious and multi-cultural nation. It is significant in this connection that the Conference of Rulers in a statement on the 10th of October 2017 has called upon all components of Malaysian society — leaders, administrators and the people as a whole — to regard the Rukunegara with its five aspirations and five principles as their “ guiding compass.” The newly elected Malaysian Parliament should heed the clarion call of the Rulers. This is why we are addressing this appeal to members of the Dewan Rakyat to adopt a resolution that re-affirms the position of the Rukunegara with its five aspirations and five principles as the nation’s ideology which will be a guiding compass for leaders and the people. A letter dated 10th July 2018 with other relevant documents was sent to all members of Parliament, in both the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara. (The letter and documents are attached). If a Rukunegara resolution can be tabled and accepted at this first meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament, it would set the right tone and tenor for the nation’s quest for justice, freedom and unity. Those of us who are associated with this initiative hope to meet the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, in the near future to discuss this proposal in greater depth.
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