June 02, 2009 13:42 PM
Federal Constitution Remains Strong Unifying Factor - Tun Ahmadshah
KOTA KINABALU, June 2 (Bernama) -- The federal constitution acts as the main pillar of strength in maintaining harmony and unifying the people of Malaysia as well as help the country progress said Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah.
Since the independence of the Federation of Malay States in 1957 and which led to the formation of Malaysia in 1963, the country had faced numerous challenges in efforts to build a prosperous and united nation. "Though countries that had gained independence earlier than Malaysia are still bogged down by internal conflicts and economic crisis, our country is able to maintain harmony and progress economically, as planned.
"Whether people realise or not, the strong bond and unity are a manifestation of the federal constitution," said Ahmadshah after opening a Special Seminar on the Federal Constitution here today.
He added that the younger generation of today must be grateful to former leaders of the country who were far-sighted in drafting a constitution that remains relevant for the survival of the country.
He expressed regret that people today do not remember elements contained in the constitution and the vision of former leaders. "Not only have they forgotten the principles of the constitution, some have even started to question the contents of the constitution that had remained a unifying factor all these years. "This has resulted in confusion among the people and as a result they have distended themselves from the virtues of the federal constitution," he said.
He hoped seminars on the Federal Constitution can provide information and clarification to those who questioned the federal constitution.