Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, in his maiden address as the newly-installed Yang di-Pertuan Agong, called on the people to refrain from inciting misunderstanding by raising matters than can undermine and destroy harmony in the country.
The king stressed that unity and harmony are the pillars and strength of the nation.
"Playing with fire will burn not only oneself but also the whole village," he said at his installation as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur today.
Sultan Abdullah also stressed that the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is very important in the system of nationhood in Malaysia, which practises parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, and that it is not a mere symbol.
“It is the basis of unity, of bringing the people together and of sparking the spirit of patriotism.
"It is a spirit that, if inherited and cherished by every single citizen, can bring forth a sense of love and loyalty to the country,” he said.