Cabinet Ministers and senior government leaders need a re-education in Rukunegara as they seemed to have forgotten its principles and objectives


At the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should direct all Cabinet Ministers and senior government leaders to undergo a re-education in the Rukunegara as they seemed to have forgotten the Rukunegara principles and objectives 43 years after their promulgation.

Although the five Rukunegara principles have been taught in the schools in the past four decades, many Malaysians, including the Cabinet Ministers and senior government leaders will not be able repeat them offhand.

The Rukunegar principles are:

BELIEF IN GOD
LOYALTY TO KING AND COUNTRY
UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION
The RULE OF LAW
GOOD BEHAVIOUR AND MORALITY

The Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin most famous statement as DPM in the past five years was his repudiation in March 2010 of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia policy which is to build a Malaysian nation where every Malaysian regards himself or herself first as a Malaysian and race, religion, region or socio-economic status second.

But Muhyiddin declared that he was “Malay first, Malaysian second” – which is an infringement of the second principle of the Rukunegara – “loyalty to king and country”.

How can Muhyiddin claim to be loyal to the Malaysian nation when he is not prepared to unconditionally accept the second Rukunegara principle of “Loyalty to country”?

Is Muhyiddin now prepared to modify his declaration in accordance with the second Rukunegara principle and declare that he is “Malaysian first, Malay second” just as I had declared in Parliament in March 2010 that I was “Malaysian first, Chinese second”?

Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had broken the third and fourth Rukunegara principles of “Upholding the Constitution” and “The Rule of Law” when the police are guilty of the double standards of selective investigation and selective prosecution, when they were so quick and prompt in investigating Father Lawrence Andrew and DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok for sedition while being either tardy or completely indifferent to the slew of offences committed, including criminal intimidation, by the Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria and the self-styled “Council of Islamic NGOs” involved in the “chicken and slap” demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 6?

The fourth and fifth Rukunegara principles of “The Rule of Law” and “Good Behaviour and Morality” are violated in the government’s losing battle against corruption, as testified by the lowly ranking of Malaysia in the Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perception Index from 1995-2004 and the failure to bring the “sharks” of corruption to justice!

Can the Cabinet Ministers and senior government officers tell us what are the five objectives of nation-building spelt out in the Rukunegara.

I doubt many of them can, judging by the results of nation-building in the past few decades or even worse, by the past nine months of government efforts since the 13th general elections last May.

Let me remind the Cabinet Ministers and the senior government officials that the five objectives of Rukunegara nation-building are:

Achieving a greater unity of all the people;
Maintaining a democratic way of life;
Creating a just society in which the wealth of the nation shall be equitably shared;
Ensuring a liberal approach to her rich and diverse cultural tradition; and
Building a progressive society which shall be oriented to modern science and technology.

I challenge the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to present a White Paper at the forthcoming Parliamentary meeting on March 10 to outline how his government had succeeded in promoting these five objectives since he became Prime Minister in the past five years.

In fact I dare say that Malaysia will not be facing the worst racial and religious polarisation today, with the incessant incitement of racial and religious animosities, hatred, conflict and tension by reckless, irresponsible and traitorous elements to create racial chaos and religious conflagration if everyone in Malaysia had fully accepted the Rukunegara principles and objectives, not just in words but also in deeds.

A good example is the “chicken and slap” demonstration by the self-styled “Council of Islamic NGOs against Teresa Kok in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 6 which clearly violated three Rukunegara principles (“Upholding the Constitution”, “The Rule of Law” and “Good Behaviour and Morality” and three Rukunegara objectives on unity, democracy and liberal society.

The trouble-makers like the self-styled “Council of Islamic NGOs” should not only be prosecuted for their criminal offences, they should go back to school to learn the basics of the Rukunegara!

(Speech at the closing of SekDem – Sekolah Demokrasi – in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 23rd February 2014 at 11 am)

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 3:45 pm

    The evidence is all over that Najib is under sieged by the right wing of his party and in no mood to act on anything that will give reason for the right-winger to further act against him. He has a bunker mentality and clearly shooting at whatever he can to try and claw out of his political hole he dug himself.

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Ha, ha, ha, ho, ho, ho, seriously, man, since when Perkosa-UmnoB/BN, esp MMK n his band of thieves, acted in line with
    信奉上苍、 忠於君国, 维护宪法、 尊崇法治、 培养德行.

    WHAT a joke!

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Talking abt UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION, The RULE OF LAW, n GOOD BEHAVIOUR AND MORALITY

    Just reported dat a senior polis officer had amassed RM20 million in several bank accounts (GOT pay income tax or not aah?)

    WOW, such a wonderful news 2 unemployable graduates what – Y R U waiting? Quickly apply 2 b a mata2, man

    So, there r MANY ways/paths 2 fabulous instant riches in dis boleh land, join Perkosa-UmnoB/BN, polis, civil service, n WHAT else

    Rakyat certain dis apa2 pun boleh land has a lot of SHY n undeclared millionhairs n billionhairs

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Talking abt d prinsip of RN: UPHOLDING THE kONSTITUsION, The RULE OF LAW, n GOOD BEHAVIOUR AND MORALITY

    Just reported dat a senior polis officer had am@Ssed RM20 million in several bank accounts (GOT pay income tax or not aah?)

    WOW, such a wonderful news 2 unemployable graduates what – Y R U waiting? Quickly apply 2 b a mata2, man, a super well paid job

    So, there r MANY ways/paths 2 fabulous instant riches in dis boleh land, join Perkosa-UmnoB/BN, polis, civil service, n WHAT else

    Rakyat certain dis apa2 pun boleh land has a lot of SHY n undeclared millionhairs n billionhairs

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 11:25 pm

    Way back in the 1960’s when Rukunegara had its birth, students were made to memorise the Rukun. We all taught what it meant and saw in it beauty and good sense.

    Where were those Cabinet members in those halcyon days? Abroad – maybe like Kim Jong Un smoking and cavorting? No wonder they are such insensitive nincompoops today!

  6. #6 by tak tahan on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 2:07 am

    BELIEF IN GOD
    LOYALTY TO KING AND COUNTRY
    UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION
    The RULE OF LAW
    GOOD BEHAVIOUR AND MORALITY

    Nonsense !!2014 already la,LKS.Sleeping 2 much with AI regards the Rukun Negara?Needs me to tiau you meh…situ@id !!

    Bolehland 2014 year;
    Believe in evil
    Loyalty to Perkosa/Bumno n cuntry
    Upholding ketuanan Perkosa.
    3 R’ rule,Malay,Muslim dan Raja2.
    Samseng dan mengamuk budaya,best sekali

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 12:22 pm

    The Ministers and senior government officials do not even know or care what the Rukun Tetangga Act 2012 is so what do they know or care about the Rukun Negara? The residents of Taman Weng Lock, Bangsar are now up in arms like their brothers in the Education sector:

    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/when-neighbours-unite-against-the-national-unity-department

  8. #8 by undertaker888 on Monday, 24 February 2014 - 2:22 pm

    Umno already made amendments to rukun negara while we were sleeping. It is now read like this.

    BELIEF IN GOD approved by Umno.
    LOYALTY TO KING AND COUNTRY as long as they toe the line.
    UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION only if it benefits umno.
    The RULE OF LAW is for you idiots, not umno.
    GOOD BEHAVIOUR AND MORALITY only in words and not deeds.

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