Rukun Negara

The harmony and unity among Malaysia's multiracial community over the last five decades is a direct manifestation of the five principles of the Rukun Negara.
In fact, the declaration of the national philosophy, which turns 50 on August 31, proves the maturity and nobility of those principles and inculcates good values among the people, despite claims from certain quarters that its essence has faded or diminished over time.
It is evident that Malaysians still enjoy peace and prosperity by adhering to the tenets: Belief in God; Loyalty to King and Country; The Supremacy of the Constitution; The Rule of Law; and Courtesy and Morality.
The main purpose of the Rukun Negara was to strengthen and restore unity among Malaysians following the riots on May 13, 1969, which led to the suspension of the Parliament session and forcing the declaration of a state of emergency.
Following the incident, the National Unity Department was established on July 1, 1969, and the National Goodwill Council on July 18, 1969.

The Introduction Of The Rukun Negara

The Rukun Negara was introduced to support the ambition to bring the people closer together by:
  • Preserving the democratic way of life;
  • Creating a just society with equitable distribution of wealth;
  • Ensuring a liberal attitude towards the rich & diverse traditions of different cultures;
  • Creating a progressive society that embraces the opportunities of science & technology;
Subsequently, several new policies were formulated & implemented. For economic growth, there was the New Economic Policy (NEP) & to strengthen national unity there is the Rukun Negara.

5 Principles of Rukun Negara

Many know the 5 principles by heart:
  • Belief in God
  • Loyalty to King & Country
  • Supremacy of the Constitution
  • Rule of Law
  • Courtesy & Morality

Declaration of Rukun Negara

Rukun Negara was declared on Aug 31, 1970 in Kuala Lumpur by the 4th Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tunku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Zainal Abidin. He saved the country during a critical period after the May 13, 1969 incident by inculcating the spirit of unity.
The year 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Rukun Negara.

Rukun Negara Song

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