KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today attended the second day of the 255th meeting of the Conference of Rulers' at Istana Negara.
The meeting which started yesterday was chaired by Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.
Today's meeting was also attended by Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah; Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah; Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin; Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Sultan of Kedah Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.
Kelantan was represented by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra, Pahang represented by Tengku Arif Temenggong of Pahang Tengku Fahd Mua’adzam Sultan Ahmad Shah and Johor by Regent of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
The Yang Dipertuas Negeri of Penang, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak also attended the two-day meeting.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also attended the meeting and the Malay Rulers were accompanied by the respective menteris besar and the Yang Dipertuas Negeri, by the respective chief ministers.
Earlier, Tuanku Muhriz in his speech said the Malay Rulers have the right to defend the supremacy of the law in the event of conflict of interest between the ruling government and what stipulated by the law.
Such situation, he said, could occur if law enforcement agencies were prevented from enforcing the existing laws for the benefit of certain parties and in such cases, the Rulers have the right and responsibility to uphold the supremacy of the law and justice.
“The Rulers also have the right to advice, to caution and to warn, in any matter pertaining to the administration, for the good of the people and the nation,” he said.
Tuanku Muhriz also shared an excerpt of the text written in English by the late Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibn Al-Marhum Tuanku Muhammad who was also the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He said, the letter which was sent to all the Malay rulers who ruled in 1946 that reads: “As I see it we should as the sovereign be at the head of our peoples and by this I mean ALL our people of whatever party, they advising us and helping us and we taking the best points out of their advice and acting on them”, should be used as a guide in exercising responsibility to all.
Tuanku Muhriz also took the opportunity to express his condolences over the passing of the late Sultan Ismail Petra who he described as a firm yet friendly man, showing a good and fair example in caring for the people.
Meanwhile, Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad in a press statement this afternoon said the meeting was briefed on the country’s defence by Malaysian Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin and on national security by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
In addition, at today’s meeting, the Rulers were also briefed on the current position of the national economy by Economic Affairs Ministry secretary-general Datuk Saiful Anuar Lebai Hussen; on the appointment of the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Chief Judge of Malaya and judges of the superior courts, Education Service Commission members as well as Public Service Commission chairman and members, also on matters pertaining to Islam.
“In addition, the briefing also include information on the Defence White Paper, the preparation for the northeast monsoon, government efforts and achievements in strengthening its governance, integrity and anti-corruption initiatives as well as the country’s preparation to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in 2020 were also briefed,” he said.