(UPDATED) Fahmi: Malaysians reject those who play up 3R

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no 'reward' for those exploiting matters related to race, religion, and the royal institution (3R), said Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

"We can debate with facts and there's no need to be emotional as we want better policies for the country's development and people to be united.

"Malaysians generally reject those who play up 3R issues," he told reporters after attending a health screening programme at Pantai Eco Park this morning.

Fahmi, who is unity government spokesman, said Malaysians were rather 'cool and relaxed' and continued to live in peace and unity even when bombarded with 3R issues by some quarters.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had also on numerous occasions reminded all quarters that there was no issue in criticising the government.

However, he said the prime minister warned against playing up 3R sentiments, especially those touching on the royal institution, with those committing the offence facing enforcement actions.

"In Islam, politicians are deemed ulil amri (leaders who safeguard the interests of the people).

"If leaders do not show a good example, the impact would be seen on their followers, who would (in turn) cause unrest in society."

Earlier in his speech, Fahmi urged the public to sign up for a medical check-up at least once a year to allow early detection of any disease, followed by proper treatment.

This, he said, was also important in mitigating any financial impact on those with health problems.

Fahmi, who is Lembah Pantai member of parliament, said his office also extends aid to the needy so they could seek proper treatment. He said his office also helps out with any procedural processes and equipment such as wheelchairs, among others.

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