Article 32(1) of the Federal Constitution provides that there shall be a Supreme Head of the Federation to be called the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. His Majesty shall take precedence over all persons in the Federation and shall not be liable to any proceedings whatsoever in any court except in the Special Court established under Part XV (Articles 182 and 183). The Constitution also provides that the Raja Permaisuri Agong shall take precedence next after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
I am a Malaysian nationalist. I believe in the monarchy system that we have. Many of my friends ridiculed me for expressing support for the monarch. To them it was as if i was making up a gimmick, to experiment with public perception. It somehow was uncool to be of support of the royalties. It almost seems like a package, you dislike UMNO, you dislike Barisan Nasional, you dislike the monarchy, your liberal, your against capital punishments, you believe in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and you believe that you and a group of friends can change the world.
Well it doesn’t work like that anymore, and i am sorry to disappoint many of my good friends, but i am who i am and i am a monarchist. Yes, i absolutely believe in the whole idea. In fact i think it is the best system for us Malaysians. I lay my complete confidence in the institution of the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, and i am completely proud of it. We are unique people united by one symbol, and that symbol is none other than the Yang Di Pertuan Agong. We are civilized and culturally rich people, that’s what we are, Malaysians. All 28 million of us and counting, are subject of great institution that has ruled upon us ever since our Independence.
We keep asking what is the identity of a Malaysian? What defines us as Malaysians, whats national culture do we subscribe to?. Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak came up with 1Malaysia, which i think is a very cute plan, but with all due respect i think everybody is missing the fact that we are subjects of a monarchy system, and we are united by our symbol of unity the Yang Di Pertuan Agong, and that is our foremost identity as Malaysians.
You can be Malay, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Filipino, Siamese, English, Korean or whatever on earth you wanna be, but as long as you hold a Malaysian passport, we are united under the Yang Di Pertuan Agong. Some say that our king is just a constitutional monarch, no more then a rubber stamp, just like the Dewan Negara. Unfortunately that assumption is somewhat true, thanks to a doctor who was in the “house” for over 20 years.
To me Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed, is responsible for endangering the monarchy system in Malaysia. Firstly, i believe Tun Dr Mahathir is responsible for the loss of power and influence of our monarchs. Until this very day i cannot understand why nobody sees what he did in 1983 and 1993 as an act of treason. The grand irony of the whole fiasco, was that the whole idea of stripping the powers of the monarch was propelled by the notorious United Malays National Organisation, the very organisation that was established to ensure the powers of the Malay rulers and Malay customary and political rights.
Their perverted idea of “Ketuanan Melayu“, is in my opinion a very clever ploy to weaken the monarchy and put their thugs in power. Imagine, the YDPA has 28 Million Malaysians as His loyal subjects, but UMNO had to play up racial sentiments as if only the Malays were the loyal subjects of the monarch. The Malay rulers maybe Malay rulers, but the YDPA was never under any circumstances engineered to be a Malay ruler, the YDPA is ruler of the Federation of Malaysia which consist of various races and religion. “Ketuanan Melayu” has no place in our system of elective monarchy, it maybe complimentary but fundamentally it is redundant, overlapping and pointless, in fact a subtle insult to our monarchs actually.
I am not suggesting “Ketuanan Rakyat” as an alternative, but that makes more sense. “Kerajaan bertuankan Rakyat, Rakyat bertuankan Agong”, and this is how it is supposed to be. However that is not the case today, we can clearly see how Barisan Nasional and UMNO is undermining our unity, and our monarchy. They have lost their respect for the monarchs, the manner in which they carry themselves in the Dewan Rakyat clearly depicts how ignorant they are of our Kings grace. They engineer a lot of drama to depict as if they were in complete support of our monarchy, but if you judge with common sense,it is very clear that they are indeed the very threat to our system.
As things are now, only the organisation which seeks to protect our monarchy and the rakyat is the Angkatan Tentera Malaysia, our national unsung heroes. Forget the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Tun Mahathir Mohammed has put it down that they are a very politically motivated organisation. The PDRM did not even deny his allegations. The PDRM in my opinion not only does not respect the rakyat by firing tear gases and using batons on them, but they also insult the YDPA by interfering with national politics. They are supposed to serve the YDPA, unfortunately it has been obvious to many lawyers about whom the police is backing.
The fact that the Armed Forces are headed by the YDPA acknowledges the dual right and responsibility under the law. It recognises that the forces are to serve the people and remain at the disposal of the State. Supreme Legislative authority rests with the YDPA in Parliament; Supreme governing authority resides with the YDPA in Putrajaya while the Supreme judicial authority lies with the YDPA and exercised by the Judiciary. The YDPA is given the responsibility to protect and defend the rakyat. The YDPA embodies the union of the monarch and the people.
I hope we realise that our identity is not 1Malaysia, it is not our ethnicity neither is it the political party which we support, but it is in the simple fact that we are the royal subjects of a great Institution, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong. It is also our symbol of unity, regardless of our race or religion. I would suggest the current government to scrap the controversial 1Malaysia, and educate Malaysians their rightful identity as united subjects of a Duli Yang Maha Mulia.
Lingswaran Singh is a Malaysian nationalist and a loyal subject of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He has been a loyarburok since he was 5. He likes flying kites and building sand castles, and openly admits that he is a defunct product of Mahathirism.