Najib reminder to certain quarters on constitution

By The Malaysian Insider

KUANTAN, Nov 22 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today reminded certain quarters not to try to change the Federal Constitution so that they will not be like the proverbial “mouse fixing a pumpkin” (seperti tikus membaiki labu).

This Malay proverb means that when someone tries to fix something which he does not have sufficient knowledge in, he will end up making it worse instead.

Najib (picture) said the country’s system of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy should be protected as it had successfully brought peace and political stability, as well as fulfilled the people’s aspirations.

“For this, everyone must continue to protect the existing system which has proven effective in bringing stability and there is no reason for us to be like a mouse fixing a pumpkin.”

The prime minister said this when launching the book “Raja Dan Rakyat Berpisah Tiada”, written by Datuk Halim Ibrahim, at Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah here tonight.

The book was published in conjunction with the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah’s 80th birthday celebration. 

Also present were the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his consort Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Sultan Iskandar, and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Najib said the system of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy also allowed for planned and orderly development and as a result, the people’s standard of living had gone up in the last 50 years.

“We have also managed to turn Malaysia from a low-income agriculture country to a modern and industrialised one with a higher income.”

He said the system had also proven to be the best system and clearly effective as it combined the country’s best traditions and heritage with the people’s aspirations.