By Ahmad Ali Karim

A well known writer, A Kadir Jasin, recently wrote an article in his blog, The Scribe, entitled “Tea With The Emperor Anyone?”, writing about the Emperor of Japan as well as Her Majesty the Queen of England.

He discussed about the two monarchs and the importance of the royal institutions to their respective countries and wrapping up with the allocated expenses for each monarchs as compared to the population and the GDP of the countries.

At the end of the article, he wrote:

In the 21st century world, the UK and Japan models are probably the most acceptable for countries still keeping the system of monarchy.

Is A Kadir Jasin implying that the constitutional monarchy system practised in Malaysia is unacceptable because we have nine Royal Malay Rulers?

It seems that this is in line with what he wrote two months ago, suggesting that our system of monarchy should be reviewed and reformed.

Now, let us look back at the history of our country, for by looking at history, we’ll be able to have a better understanding of our monarchy system. 

It is very important to understand that the country we now know as Malaysia was not formed out of thin air.

Long before Malaysia was formed, there were various sovereign and independent Malay kingdoms flourished in the Malay Peninsula, each with its own Royal Malay Ruler or Raja-Raja Melayu who had absolute power over his kingdom.

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