King: No royal support for Bersih rally

Nov 16, 07 (malaysiakini)
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abdidin in a rare press statement said neither he nor Istana Negara had directly or indirectly supported the massive rally held over the weekend in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Bernama, the King, in a statement issued via a palace official, expressed regret over the claim that he and the palace had supported Saturday’s illegal gathering.
The rally, organised by the opposition-backed polls watchdog Bersih, saw some 40,000 people taking to the streets to press for electoral reforms. A memorandum was also submitted to Istana Negara.
Tuanku Mizan stressed that he did not lend his support to any quarters which had organised the rally or involved in any activities which flout the law.
On Monday, PAS secretary-general Kamaruddin Jaffar claimed that Bersih had decided to submit a memorandum to the King after his Highness had given them his tacit approval.
Work together
Tuanku Mizan said as the country’s supreme leader, it is incumbent upon him to ensure that the administration of the country as enshrined in the Federal Constitution is adhered to by all.
His Highness expressed hope that all Malaysians act in accordance with the law and not get involved in any activities or actions that violate the country’s laws.
“Each and every Malaysian is responsible to uphold public security in order to ensure peace and the well-being of the nation,” he said.
The King also hopes that all Malaysians will work together to uphold unity and help build a prosperous, united and respected nation.
Meanwhile, palace official Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan, who released the statement, said this is the first time that Istana Negara officials had called the media.
This, he said, is because the King views this issue seriously.
“Usually, Istana Negara will release a statement via fax, but this time we called the media to ensure that the message is disseminated to all the people,” he added.