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King gives Queen sweet note of appreciation

Monday, August 5th, 2019
His Majesty said the Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, had contributed greatly to the preparations to ensure that the ceremony went smoothly.-Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today publicly thanked the Raja Permaisuri Agong for her hard work in making a success of his installation as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

His Majesty said the Queen, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, had contributed greatly to the preparations to ensure that the ceremony went smoothly.

“I would like to personally thank my beloved wife for giving her focus and attention to the preparations to ensure everything was carried out to perfection,” he said when opening the Pameran Raja Kita exhibition at the Royal Museum here.

“I believe we have benefited a lot from the Raja Permaisuri,” said Sultan Abdullah.

His Majesty’s public acknowledgement of the Queen’s effort took an even sweeter note when he disclosed that today is the birthday of Tunku Azizah.

“I would also like to announce here that today, Aug 5, is the birthday of the Raja Permaisuri. Let’s pray for my wife to have a long life, to excel at cooking, much more which we can learn from her, to always be in good health and be blessed by Allah,” he said.

Sultan Abdullah also expressed his appreciation to the Cabinet, Istana Negara staff and all other parties which were involved in the installation ceremony.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad), Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail), the Cabinet, especially Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa who was responsible for managing the preparations, the Prime Minister’s Office, the office of the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister and also Istana Negara,” His Majesty said.

The installation of the King was held last Tuesday at Istana Negara in a ceremony that was steeped in Malay Sultanate tradition.

After Sultan Abdullah had finished speaking, Tunku Azizah struck the gong three times to mark the opening of the exhibition.

A total of 198 items from the personal collection of Their Majesties, including their wedding gifts and documents, and royal regalia on loan from Istana Negara, the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, Istana Abdulaziz and Istana Abu Bakar, are on display at the exhibition. – Bernama

By Bernama

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King and Queen break fast with PM and VIPs.

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah attended a breaking of the fast with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Cabinet members at Istana Negara. Also present was the Prime Minister’s wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Other VIPs who attended the event last night were Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. Foreign representatives from Yemen, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Senegal, Bosnia Herzegovina, Palestine, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Thailand, Bangladesh, Japan, the Philippines, India and Brunei were also feted at the event.

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States need sustainable ties with Federal government

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Johor Menteri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal (left) with former menteri besar Datuk Osman Sapian at the handing over of duty ceremony at the Menteri Besar’s office in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri, Johor on April 15. (Pic by NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM)

THE politico-administrative order for stability, peace and progress in all states of the Federation of Malaysia, formulated on the principle of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, is specified in the Federal Constitution.

Article 1 (2) of the Constitution states: Malaysia is a federation of 13 states. Article 39-42 details the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Article 73-91 explains the relationship of the various states with the federal government. Among others, these provisions regulate “inconsistencies between federal and state laws” (Article 75); “obligation of states towards the Federation” (Article 81); and “acquisition of land for federal purposes” (Article 83).

These articles are further enhanced by several schedules. The Fifth Schedule is about “the Conference of Rulers”; the Eight Schedule explains “Provisions to be inserted in state constitutions”; the Ninth Schedule contains federal and state “Legislative Lists”; and the Tenth Schedule specifies “grants and sources of revenue assigned to states”.

These articles and schedules, crafted by the Reid Commission in early 1957, which form the fundamental politico-administrative order of states and the federal government, became part of the Federal Constitution with the blessings of all the Malay rulers, Queen of England, British parliament, Malayan Federal Legislature, and the various state assemblies in Malaya.

The above order was also debated, vetted, articulated and agreed upon by all stakeholders, including the general Malayan population, numerous religious and race organisations, as well as national political parties.

The inclusion of this order was legitimised by the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957, passed by the British parliament on July 31, 1957, which incorporated nine Malay states as well as Penang and Melaka into the Federation of Malaya.

Clause (1) of the Act, states: “… the approval of parliament is hereby given to the conclusion between Her Majesty and the rulers of the Malay states of such agreement as appears to Her Majesty to be expedient for the establishment of the Federation of Malaya as an independent sovereign country…”

Clause (2) (a) of this Act adds: “Any such agreement as aforesaid may make provision for the formation of the Malay states and of the Settlements of Penang and Melaka into a new independent Federation of States under a Federal Constitution …”

The order for Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore was incorporated into the Federal Constitution through the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963. Singapore, however, was separated from the Malaysia federation on Aug 9, 1965.

Based on the above, it is imperative for all state governments to establish sustainable relations with the federal government, in the interests of their stakeholders, namely the Malay rulers, the ruling party, the citizens, the Malaysian parliament and the state assemblies.

A recent testimony to this was reflected in the appointment of Dr Sahruddin Jamal as Johor’s new menteri besar, replacing Datuk Osman Sapian who resigned on April 8.

The royal consent given to this appointment by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar was to reinvigorate the state’s royalty-polity strategic partnership based on the principle of constitutional reciprocity.

This leadership change was also to enhance the state government’s competency, professionalism and effectiveness; to accelerate the state’s socioeconomic development and industrial progress; and to strengthen its security management and law enforcement.

This is due to the fact that Johor is an important frontier state with numerous challenges in protecting Malaysia-Singapore interdependency in trade, economy and security.

The change is equally important because Johor, which recorded a growth rate of 6.2 per cent in 2017, is among the biggest contributors to Malaysia’s gross domestic product, ranking fourth after Selangor, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, and Sarawak.

It is also because Johor is an emerging industrial hub for “oil and gas, bio-economy, green technology, halal-based products, hospitality, services and logistics”. Up to December 2017, RM253 billion had been invested in Iskandar Malaysia, the state’s prominent growth centre.

Johor also requires competent leaders to transform it into a “new economic powerhouse in the southern region”. This is because economic progress and political stability are essential ingredients of national security.

As such, it was wise for the Johor sultan to advise Dr Sahruddin to carry out his duty as menteri besar, “with honesty, sincerity and trust” in the interests of Johor, its people and economic prosperity.

It was also pertinent for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, to suggest the formation of the Johor Economic Council to assist in the management of the state’s economic development and industrial progress.

By Datuk Dr Ruhanie Ahmad.

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Dr M: Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, not absolute

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is a country that practices a constitutional and not an absolute monarchy, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr Mahathir’s remarks comes soon after Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar statement, who asked certain quarters to stay out of state affair.

“We have stated that the Federated States practices a system of constitutional monarchy, not absolute monarchy,” said Dr Mahathir.

He said that while Johor may have its own state constitution, they have agreed to be part of the country’s administrative system.

“This is because the rakyat has chosen the party that has the right to pick the MB – and if the Rakyat’s right is denied, we are no longer a democracy.

“We will become a country that practices absolute monarchy,” said the Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir suggested that there should be debates on whether to accept the present system of constitutional monarchy.

by tarrence tanmartin carvalhohemananthani sivanandam,  and rahimy rahim
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King condemns Christchurch terror attack

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has condemned the terror attack at two mosques in New Zealand that has left at least 49 people dead.

Describing the incident as a senseless act against innocent civilians, the King said those responsible should be brought to justice.

“Our thoughts and prayers for the injured and those who are mourning the loss of loved ones,” the Palace said in a statement issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.

By Sira Habibu
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Al-Sultan Abdullah sworn in as 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, took the oath of office and signed the instrument of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong during for the 252nd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara, today. (NSTP/AIZUDDIN SAAD)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, took the oath of office and signed the instrument of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong during for the 252nd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara, today.

The ceremony, which convened at 10.55am at the Balairung Seri (Throne Room), also saw the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, sworn in as the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The new Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his deputy will serve a five-year term beginning today.

Chaired by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the ceremony was attended by all the Malay Rulers except the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, who was represented by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra.

Other rulers were the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar; Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah; Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail; Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin; and Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir.

Also present were Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob; Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas; Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud; and Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Sultan Abdullah succeeds Sultan Muhammad V, who stepped down as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 6, after reigning for just over two years from Dec 13, 2016.

By NST/Bernama.

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Monarchy to be further strengthened under Sultan Abdullah

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and his consort Tengku Ampuan Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. – NSTP/ MUHD ASYRAF SAWAL

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah is set to take his oath and sign the instrument of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara tomorrow.

According to the Federal Constitution, as the nation’s head of state, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong plays a role in the three branches of government, namely the executive, legislative and judiciary.

Article 39 of the constitution stipulates that the executive authority of the federation shall be vested in the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and exercisable by the King himself or the Cabinet or any minister or any other person authorised by Parliament.

Legal practitioner and former socio-cultural adviser to the government Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim is confident that, in carrying out his duties as stipulated in the constitution, Sultan Abdullah’s leadership qualities would come to the fore in cementing the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and constitutional monarchy.

Pointing to the fact that the term Yang di-Pertuan Agong is mentioned more than 450 times in the constitution, he said this alone reflected the crucial role played by the institution in the administration of the nation, as well as in ensuring the well-being of the people.

The election of Sultan Abdullah as Yang di-Pertuan Agong has created history in the system of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy practised by this country.

This is because the decision pertaining to the election of the Pahang ruler was made barely a week after he was proclaimed Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15.

Rais said Sultan Abdullah did not only possess extensive experience in state administrative matters but also boasts an educational background that can be considered universal, modern and practical, besides being rooted in a strong religious upbringing and Malay cultural environment.

“I’m confident that His Majesty will bring (more) development and glory to the nation. His Majesty has also proven his loyalty to the rule of constitutional monarchy in Pahang and we believe he will continue to excel at the federal level,” he said.

Sultan Abdullah, who was born on July 30, 1959, at Istana Mangga Tunggal in Pekan, Pahang, is the fourth child and eldest son of Sultan Ahmad Shah and the late Tengku Ampuan Afzan Tengku Muhammad.

He is married to Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Almarhum Almutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj. Their marriage took place on March 6, 1986.

Rais also expressed hopes that as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah would take into consideration certain key issues in the constitution, such as Article 152 pertaining to the status of Bahasa Melayu as the national language and language of knowledge.

“For matters involving the Malays, Bumiputeras and national language including culture, I hope His Majesty would stress on their importance… this is because many people are not serious about these provisions that are enshrined in our constitution.

“Article 160(2), for instance, defines a Malay as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language and conforms to Malay customs. Since the definition of Malay comes in three components, I hope it will once again be made a priority through His Majesty,” he added.

Pointing to Article 153, which grants the Yang di-Pertuan Agong responsibility for safeguarding the special position of the Malays and Bumiputeras and the legitimate interests of other communities, Rais said: “Action must be taken on the issues related to this matter so that the Malays and Bumiputeras, including those from Sabah and Sarawak, and the other communities can benefit.”

Rais said the firm action of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in relation to matters concerning articles 153, 152 and 160 of the Federal Constitution would create a more harmonious society because every individual, regardless of race, would know their respective roles, responsibilities and rights.

“Our nation’s institution of monarchy will be strengthened through the more distinct and bigger role shouldered by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he added.

International Islamic University of Malaysia law lecturer Prof Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod, meanwhile, said the rakyat must pledge their loyalty to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and nation as stated in the Rukun Negara.

It is also the duty and responsibility of every citizen to defend the institution of monarchy from being belittled by any party, he stressed.

“The sovereignty of the institution of monarchy is not just based on the fact that it is the nation’s supreme institution but also on the understanding that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong safeguards Islam and special privileges of the Malays and the Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputeras. His Majesty is also responsible for safeguarding the rights of other communities in Malaysia.

“Any form of insult or unwarranted criticism against the monarchy is considered an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the institution. Legal action must be taken against the culprits involved,” he said.

Asked how the Malay saying, ‘Raja dan rakyat berpisah tiada’ (There is no separation between ruler and his people) can be revved up in the current scenario, Nik Ahmad Kamal said it would need the cooperation of all parties.

“In today’s context, the relationship tradition between the two has entered a more challenging phase because the current generations are less sensitive towards the monarchy and nation.

“As such, the people, the government and non-governmental organisations, as well as the institution of monarchy itself, should work together to nurture a better understanding of the importance of this institution so that it will continue to be respected,” he explained.

Nik Ahmad Kamal also said that in line with the changing times, the monarchy should also be sensitive to the changes in perceptions to ensure good relations prevail between the ruler and the people.

By Bernama .

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A new king is chosen

Thursday, January 24th, 2019
(File pix) Today, Malaysians will have a new king. Pix by NSTP/Mohd Yusni Ariffin

A NEW sun rises on the horizon, shimmery and indistinct. It’s a new day, like many others that have come and gone before it. The only difference is, by the end of today, Malaysians will have a new king.

The royal institution holds, and will always hold, a certain fascination, a certain je ne sais quoi, among Malaysians. Over the decades, the Malay rulers have become more familiar to us as they interact with their loyal subjects, aided in no small measure by the mainstream media and social media. Despite that familiarity, there still exists a fair bit of unfamiliarity; a certain amount of mystique and fascination with what goes on behind the ornate doors of the gilded halls.

Today, that public fascination will reach its zenith as the Conference of Rulers convenes to vote on who will be the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong following the resignation of the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, on Jan 6.

With a rich history steeped in tradition that dates back 123 years — from the Conference of Rulers of the Federated Malay States back in 1896 — the deliberations today are still shrouded in a thin veil of mystery, as it was back in the nascent days of the Malay royal institution.

What is known is, the peer voting system uses unmarked and unnumbered ballot papers, using the same ink, and the same type of pen. Each ballot is a closely guarded secret. The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal will distribute the ballot paper with only one candidate’s name on it. Each ruler will then indicate whether the candidate should be elected Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The ballot papers are then placed inside the ballot box. The candidate must get a majority of five votes before the ruler presiding over the Election Meeting offers him the office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Tabulating the votes, along with the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, is the ruler with the shortest reign who is not a candidate for the office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

In its current form, the Conference is made up of the nine rulers from Johor, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, and governors of four other states. The governors will not be present when the conference convenes to select the Yang diPertuan Agong and the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Odds-on favourite, and under the unique constitutional monarchy rotation system adopted by the Conference, is Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, followed by the sultans of Johor and Perak.

In these increasingly uncertain, often turbulent times, Malaysians look to the monarchy for some measure of stability, a sense of security and continuity. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is more than just a symbol of the nation’s sovereignty. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the barometer by which the nation measures its morality. He is the nation’s Conscience, its Consciousness. As the nation holds its collective breath, we beseech the blessings of the Almighty.


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Sultan Abdullah’s eldest son in line to be named Tengku Mahkota

Sunday, January 13th, 2019
Sultan Pahang, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah observing the preparations for his proclamation ceremony as the state’s 6th sultan which will take place Tuesday at Istana Abu Bakar, Pekan. NSTP/ MUHD ASYRAF SAWAL

KUANTAN: Tengku Panglima Besar Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Sultan Abdullah could possibly be made the Tengku Mahkota Pahang in place of his father.

Sources said this was because it was tradition for the sultan’s eldest son to be made Tengku Mahkota of Pahang.

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah was born on Sept 17, 1995, at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital.

He is the third child of Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

“According to tradition, the Tengku Panglima Besar is usually appointed Tengku Mahkota Pahang, but an official announcement will only be made by Sultan Abdullah after the process of his installation (as sultan) is completed on Tuesday.

“If there are special circumstances (such as Sultan Abdullah later being elected Yang di-Pertuan Agong, meaning the Tengku Mahkota would have to be appointed regent of Pahang), then Sultan Abdullah may choose to appoint a special council as the Tengku Panglima Besar is currently furthering his studies at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in the United Kingdom for a year.

“Such a council may be put in place for between a year and five years, depending on what Sultan Abdullah wishes. Its members will be determined by Sultan Abdullah,” said one source.

Tengku Muda Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah had on Saturday announced that the Pahang Royal Council had proclaimed Sultan Abdullah the sixth Sultan of Pahang.


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Malaysia readies for a new monarch

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, according to a statement issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan bin Ab. Aziz yesterday. (NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI)

SULTAN of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, according to a statement issued by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab. Aziz yesterday.

On Jan 4, the New Straits Times front paged a report, “An unscheduled meeting” of rulers that may have discussed the king’s resignation.

The report talked about a royal assembly being held “…against a backdrop of mounting public speculation about the institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”

Now it has come to pass, and in a very decorous manner as the sanctity of the royal institution would demand.

Sure there was speculation earlier, especially in the not so decorous world of the cyber space, but it has been put to bed with the speed with which many will say Malaysians are not accustomed to.

Neither protracted discussion nor prolonged delay was given space to allow speculation to take hold. We are thankful to Istana Negara for the speed with which the message was relayed to the people.

The rulers huddled together on three occasions. The media statement from Istana Negara yesterday caught this paper and other media by surprise. And we are glad it did

Nothing beats resolution of an issue of national importance that is done with quiet propriety. It was decorum to the tee, we have to say.

The rulers have always endeavoured to preserve the sanctity of the royal institution. There were blips on rare occasions, but they were resolved as quickly as they appeared by the brother rulers.

Having had 15 kings with smooth succession is something that makes Malaysia stand tall among more than 190 nations in the world. Our rulers must be thanked for this.

Our nation may be new but our monarchy is much, much older. Other nations more developed have had a fair share of constitutional problems. A few of them were resolved not so much in the favour of their monarchs. Malaysia has been spared such unhappy results.

We thank God for sparing this beloved nation of ours of such distress

The nation is nevertheless overcome by surprise. Of the 14 kings Malaysia has had in the past, none had resigned his office. So the national bewilderment is understandable.

This paper makes a stand that the king is stepping down, not abdicating as some have put it. This must be put right. Malaysians, though, are not unused to surprises anyway.

Last year brought with it the greatest of surprise: on May 9 the Pakatan Harapan government swept to power to the befuddlement of close to 30 million Malaysians. The Pakatan Harapan party members, included.

This royal resignation, though first in the young history of this nation, will pass as the country moves forward with the management of its affairs.


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