The following are the statement published by The Star:
Rulers defend social contract
“The actions of certain quarters in disputing and questioning these matters, which formed the primary basis for the formation of Malaysia and are enshrined in the Federal Constitution, had caused provocation and uneasiness among the people.
“In retaliation, several quarters particularly Malay leaders whether in the government or non-governmental organisations as well as individuals had expressed their dissatisfaction and anger against those who had made the statements, reports and organised the forums.
“Among the reasons identified for these to have occurred is the cursory knowledge of those concerned regarding the historical background as to why these provisions were enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the influence of their attempts to implicate the principles of impartiality and justice without regard for the historical background and social condition of this country.
“Unless this phenomenon is arrested immediately, it can lead to disunity and racial strife that can undermine the peace and harmony which has all this while brought progress, development and success to the nation,” he added.
“As such, it is necessary for the Conference of Rulers to emphasise and remind all quarters of these constitutional provisions besides giving emphasis to the assurance of safeguarding the genuine rights of other communities.”
The Rulers also called on the Malays to be united saying “it has to be emphasised that this agenda is more important and foremost than political or factional interests”.
“Non-Malays should not worry because their rights are guaranteed under the Constitution,” he said.
Source: The Star
That Statement From The Conference of Rulers
A timely reminder … A warning to some … A message for all … Above all … A Call To Reason
Most Malaysians saw it as a message of unity, peace and harmony … Of the need to RESPECT the Federal Constitution and each other … Respect the rights of all communities … A reminder of the things we risked losing.
They all agreed that the position of the Malay rulers, the privileges of the Malays, the status of Islam and Bahasa Malaysia had not been questioned by the rakyat but a few politicians for their narrow interests.
…But they all agreed that it was a warning not to exploit the social contract for political mileage …
"Society has just gone overboard in arguing about the social contract and this statement is something that is needed to stop all these disputes," said council chairman Tan Sri Ismail Hussin.
The council represents about 200 Malay NGOs which in May convened a special congress, which in turn sent a petition to the rulers asking that they put a stop to attempts to dispute Malay privileges.
Source: The Malaysian Insider
Historian Professor Tan Sri Khoo Kay Khim described the statement as a reminder to all Malaysians of the centrality of the Constitution and the Rukun Negara.
Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan agreed that the statement reaffirmed the importance of the Federal Constitution and was a reminder of the guarantees accorded to all Malaysians.
"It reminds citizens that the guarantees were a result of well-considered negotiations, resulting in the social contract which we as citizens must respect. It is a much needed message of unity, peace and harmony," said Ambiga.
The Malaysian Insider commentary said:
"That is the most charitable conclusion to draw after he said today that the perception of Umno being a bully in the Barisan Nasional was off the mark. Wasn’t it only a month ago that Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail exhibited supreme arrogance when he showed no remorse for calling Malaysian Chinese immigrants at a rally in the run-up to the Permatang Pauh by-election.
"And when Gerakan stood up to him, he behaved just like a schoolyard bully.
"He asked for Gerakan to be kicked out of the BN. Not surprising that that the incident did not register with Abdullah as he addressed the MCA for the last time as the chairman of BN and president of Umno.
"He and the party’s supreme council members only took disciplinary action against the Bukit Bendera politician after being pushed into a corner. Even then, it was half-hearted attempt to apply balm on the raw feelings of the non-Malays.
"Is this PM so out of touch with reality that he does not understand how frustrated BN leaders have become in dealing with arrogant Umno politicians."
Source: The Malaysian Insider