Rukunegara

Rukunegara is a philosophy and national ideology of Malaysia. It was instituted by royal proclamation on Merdeka Day, 1970, in reaction to a serious race riot known as the May 13 Incident which occurred on that day in 1969.  Following the watershed event, the governemnt has tried to find  ways to foster national unity. That was how Rukunegara, as a way to unite the people, came about.

The whole declaration, including the 5 tenets of Rukunegara is as followed:

In Bahasa Malaysia:

BAHAWASANYA NEGARA KITA MALAYSIA mendukung cita-cita hendak :

mencapai perpaduan yang lebih erat di kalangan seluruh masyarakatnya ;
memelihara satu cara hidup demokratik ;
mencipta satu masyarakat adil di mana kemakmuran Negara akan dapat dinikmati bersama secara adil dan saksama ;
menjamin satu cara liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai corak ; dan
membina satu masyarakat progresif yang akan menggunakan sains dan teknologi moden.
MAKA KAMI, rakyat Malaysia, berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk mencapai cita-cita tersebut berdasarkan atas prinsip-prinsip yang berikut :

KEPERCAYAAN KEPADA TUHAN
KESETIAAN KEPADA RAJA DAN NEGARA
KELUHURAN PERLEMBAGAAN
KEDAULATAN UNDANG-UNDANG
KESOPANAN DAN KESUSILAAN

In English:

WHEREAS OUR COUNTRY MALAYSIA nurtures the ambitions of:achieving a more perfect unity amongst the whole of her society;
preserving a democratic way of life;
creating a just society where the prosperity of the country can be enjoyed together in a fair and equitable manner;
guaranteeing a liberal approach towards her rich and varied cultural traditions; and
building a progressive society that will make use of science and modern technology.
NOW THEREFORE WE, the people of Malaysia, pledge to concentrate the whole of our energy and efforts to achieve these ambitions based on the following principles:

BELIEF IN GOD
LOYALTY TO KING AND COUNTRY
THE SUPREMACY OF THE CONSTITUTION
THE RULE OF LAW
COURTESY AND MORALITY

5 Responses to Rukunegara

  1. Justin Choo says:

    I am sure you are aware that many in this world do not believe in God and are still very good people. On the other hand those who believe in God do not necessarily qualify as good people. A democratic country should impose on its people what to believe.

  2. Justin Choo says:

    Omission in earlier post.

    Should be ” A democratic country should NOT impose on its people what to believe. “

  3. bow says:

    Rukunegara is just a political slogan which has no substance, the very idea in this slogan is contrary to the practice of the government policy where its citizens are divided into different classes and race , it is just a dirty trick play by umno dominance BN government to fool foreign countries into believing this is a free and democratic country, in which many can not differentiate between a “true ” and “phony” democracy.

  4. Kamaliya says:

    This two guys please be grateful for being Malaysian. You are no supposed to criticise our Rukunegara, so far we live in harmony among all.

  5. Jan says:

    It doesn’t matter whether the rukun negara shall be made invalid or not.
    Even if it’s abolished, what would the possible effect be?
    Less 5 statements to incite for Monday school assemblies?
    If u disagree, do tell the government.
    However, I propose they have better things to worry about.

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