KUALA LUMPUR – An initiative to make Rukun Negara the preamble to the Federal Constitution was launched by a group of civil society leaders on Monday.
The initiative, known as “Rukun Negara Sebagai Mukadimah Perlembagaan” (Rukun Negara as introduction to the Federal Constitution) (RMP), is aimed at including the national document as the opening statement to Malaysia’s most supreme law.
The initiative’s chairperson Dr Chandra Muzaffar (pic) said Rukun Negara has been sidelined, giving way to other trends that threatened national unity and integrity.
“If such trends gain more influence in the future, the characteristics of our country will change.
“This is why Malaysians have to remind ourselves of Rukun Negara and how important this ideology is in a whole and inclusive society,” Chandra said at the launching held at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity.
The RMP has been endorsed by more than 100 prominent members of civil society, including constitutional expert Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, social activists Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Zainah Anwar, academicians Prof Datuk Dr Tan Chong Tin and Assoc Prof Dr Madeline Berma and lawyer Firdaus Husni.
The group is inviting adult Malaysians to come forward to support the movement over the next three months until Apr 30.
Their signatures will be compiled and presented to the Conference of Rulers with the hope that the Rulers would advise the Cabinet and Parliament to adopt Rukun Negara as the preamble to the Constitution.
The Rukun Negara was formulated by the National Consultative Council following the May 13 Riot and presented to the nation on Aug 31, 1970.
It is an ideology to establish a common platform for Malaysia’s diverse communities to live together.
For details, visit http://rmp.yayasan1malaysia.org/