KUALA LUMPUR - The Crown Prince of Pahang has urged the Malaysian state's residents to avoid disputes and continue to live in harmony regardless of race and religious beliefs.
Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah also said the peace and security enjoyed by Malaysia at present could be maintained only if the rakyat (people) continued to persevere in supporting the government and remained loyal to the Malaysian King, Bernama news agency yesterday reported.
"The people have an obligation to ensure that the bond of friendship that has been built remained," he said.
His remarks would likely be interpreted as a sign of support for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is from Pahang state. Datuk Seri Najib has been facing tremendous pressure in dealing with several hot-button issues including those linked to debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
The royal house of Johor, including Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, has also been throwing darts at Prime Minister Najib's administration.
Tengku Abdullah recently defeated Tunku Ismail for the presidency of the Football Association of Malaysia.
Tengku Abdullah said yesterday: "In today's era of globalisation, we encounter various challenges including allegations and talk on political and economic situation which we need to face and deal with wisely."
He was attending an event in Raub town, Pahang. He also reminded Muslims in the country to take advantage of Ramadan to step up their spiritual deeds.