Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Return of the King

I have - and I know you as well - my own view about our 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. For me, he is extra than ordinary Agong of Malaysia. He has his own quality and integrity. Hail.

But this entry is not about him. It is about previous Agong, the 9th Agong, who now is the Sultan of Perak and about his Crown Prince.

Like father, like son.

Maybe this words are the most appropriate expression (at least for me) when the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah spoke at 46th convocation of UM:

"Since its inception on Jan 1 1962, UM has fulfilled its role in helping to realise nation-building efforts particularly to develop and enrich human capital."

He wants Universiti Malaya (UM) to readjust its role to remain as the "icon of knowledge" and relevant in meeting the nation's needs in the next 50 years.

While his prince, Crown Prince of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah - the most popular Prince among princes in Malaysia - earlier have give a public lecture to inaugurate the Khazanah National Development Seminar in Kuala Lumpur.

"It is an often overlooked or under-appreciated fact that the monarchy in Malaysia is supposed to play a productive role by being a healthy check and balance in the system of governance."

Prince deliver a speech in a professional seminar? Hm... don't you think this is a new phenomenone in the world of monarchy in Malaysia? And Raja Dr Nazrin Shah in the one - and the only one- who responsible exploding this new culture.

More importantly, this outstanding Crown Prince is trying to educate people about the real role to be a part of monarchy.

"The Federal Constitution mandates the monarchy to be the guardian of the just rule of law, an impartial arbiter in the democratic process and an overseer over the pillars of state."

"Some believe that the rulers are supposed to do so only in a purely ceremonial sense, but I would argue that this contradicts the true spirit, if not the letter, of the Federal Constitution."

Full report on his speech can be read here: Malaysia Today : Right royal role

Monarch to the rescue?

In nowadays havoc environment in university, Sultan Perak comes to remind us back about the real role of universities. In previous entry, I've mentioned one of the sickness of the university today.

Hope by that royal reminder from Sultan Perak, all parties should re-think, re-plan and re-act to return back the universities into their real functions.

What about Raja Dr Nazrin Shah? I just recommend you to read his profile, especially about his education background:

1. B.A. (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University
2. Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
3. Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University

Oxford, Harvard and Harvard? Isn't it great enough for a Crown Prince? To quote Kitaro's theme: The thing speaks by itself.
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posted by Awan Badai @ 11:55 AM  
  • At 3:22 AM, Anonymous just another blogger said…

    I can understand your admiration towards the "Scholarly Prince". I've had the honour to chat with His Royal Highness - even though it was just for a short while - and I must say, he's such an approachable person. Later, when I was asked to assist in organizing one of his functions, I simply jumped at the offer. I might actually blog about all this some day. Anyway, I'd just like to add that His Royal Highness has been talking about these matters way before this speech you quoted, and ppl who admire his thoughts (not just his position) include many audiences overseas who have heard his lectures as well.<

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