Anwar: Do not drag royal institution into politics

SABAK BERNAM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reminded politicians not to drag the royals into political predicaments.

This comes on the heels of caretaker Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md who was charged with two counts of uttering seditious remarks that could incite disloyalty towards the rulers.

He reminded that one should own up to their actions and be responsible if one has offended royalty.

"Pandai cakap, tanggung lah (You were good at talking about it, now deal with it).

"Not only Selangor, even Pahang, Kedah and Kelantan have royals, and we have an Agong.

"Do not equate the royals to us. They cannot campaign like us.

"They have their level (taraf), do not drag them into this," Anwar said in his speech at the state-level Sentuhan Kasih Desa (SKD) programme here today.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.

He said respecting the royals is necessary and it must be defended at all cost.

He said that Thailand is yet to be able to form a government though the election was done two months ago.

The reason is because the Thai royals did not consent to appoint Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister as the latter reportedly 'attacked' the royal institution.

"If you want to allow racial sentiments, it will not work.

"One's characters is important. If they say that they look up to the Prophet, but they end up doing things which reflect the opposite, and they do things like slandering and insulting others. This cannot be happening," he added.

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