LABUAN: The Labuan Chamber of Malay Entrepreneurs (DUML) has criticised the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) as the main organiser of the programme during the just-concluded Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s visit, for being ignorance the aspect of protocol.
Its president Datuk Seri Mohd Alias Abd Rahman claimed the organiser had blatantly ignored the protocol by sidelining the Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli’s role throughout the event.
“Throughout the two-day visit of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, our Labuan MP was continuously back-benched, owing to the people’s support to him (Rozman), he had people’s mandate to represent the people of Labuan (throughout the event), and yet he was belittled and forgotten in protocol (of seating, invitation, etc) without the opportunity to engage with Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the programme,” he said in a statement.
During the programmes attended by the King and Queen, Rozman was seen seated at tables further back and even sidelined during official photography sessions, while the Labuan Corporation chairman was prioritised instead.
Rozman was also not invited to receive the arrival the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Permaisuri Agong at the Labuan Airport on Tuesday, which led to many criticism from the locals and community leaders.
Many regarded belittling the people’s representative is tantamount to belittling the people.
Some had even suggested in a Labuan Whatsapp group of Kongsi-Kongsi Info Labuan to initiate a petition to hold those responsible for ignoring the ethical protocol.
Alias also stressed as the Malay entrepreneur leader in Labuan, he was disappointed with the unethical protocol of which saw the local community leaders too were not informed or invited to the programmes.
“It is unfortunate to see and hear feedback from the ground level …they had been completely forgotten by the organiser and even our Senator had not been called to attend.
“We, Labuan folks are known for our unity, we always come together to celebrate and help enliven any programmes and significant happenings in Labuan, yet it is a shame we were not given the opportunity to join the King’s programmes.
Alias said his Datuk Seri title was bestowed by the Pahang Sultanate, therefore, he should have been present to show his respect, however the organiser turned a blind eye on common protocol.
“As the recipients of the title, we are invited on yearly basis for the Sultanate’s birthday at the Pahang Palace, why can’t we get invited for the King’s visit in Labuan…the organiser was being unfair to Labuan folks, community leaders and the recipients of the Pahang sultanate’s awards,” he said.