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Sultan Azlan was slapping in his own face

Dilemma over law and tradition in Perak

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 — The stand-off between Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin and the Sultan Azlan Shah boils down to a squabble over a strict interpretation of the state Constitution and tradition, experts say.

Yesterday, the Sultan rejected Nizar’s request to dissolve the state assembly and call for snap polls. The Menteri Besar has refused to accept that and plans an appeal. Legally, though, the Sultan has every right to do what he did.

The state Constitution gives the monarch the final say and his decision cannot be overruled. In short, without his consent, the state assembly cannot be dissolved.

But traditionally, the Sultan does not overrule the government of the day, political science lecturer James Chin told The Straits Times.

Sultan Azlan, who is a lawyer by training, himself wrote in a 2004 book on the Constitutional monarchy in which he commented on the sultan’s power.

“His role is purely formal,” he wrote.

The Sultan does not have the legal power to force the Menteri Besar to resign, the way he tried to yesterday.
Last night, veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah released a statement commenting on the situation unfolding in Perak.

In it, he said that Nizar is lawfully the Menteri Besar until he resigns of his own accord, or is removed by a vote of no-confidence in a formal sitting of the assembly.

“The Constitution makes no provision for his removal by any other means, including by petitions or instructions from any other authority,” he wrote.

Yet, because Malaysia’s sultans wield considerable moral authority, it is rare to see their decisions being publicly disputed.

Datuk Param Cumaraswamy, a former United Nations special rapporteur for judicial independence, told Agence France-Presse that “a constitutional crisis is brewing” in the country.

The Barisan Nasional government is already proceeding as if it has regained control of Perak. Chin said that the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition might file a lawsuit challenging the validity of the new government. — Straits Times

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azlan says:

I used to have high regards and deep respect for the Perak Royal household. I am now deeply disappointed and think they are as full of shit as the dirty politicians in UMNO. They stink to high heaven. Raja Nazrin, you included.

Kelantan prince says:

We Malaysians should understand our political system more … as it is the source of our freedom. When a contituent vote during the a by-election or general election, the people vote for the party due to its manifesto and beliefs to upgrade the people’s interest. Its not about the individual. The individual chosen by each political party should be popular as to garner support, however its the party that has been chosen. so when an assemblyman or MP wants to hop to another party he should reliquish his posts 1st or resign. Then a by-election should be taken place to see whether the same party elected should have the constituent. In malaysia its about individuals. The system is totally messed up and clearly not for the benefit of the people.
I beg you all to ‘THINK’ Malaysia…… and save us from ruining our civilization.

admin says:

Two wrongs do no make the frog hopping a right thing to endorse. Both Anwar and Najib should be condemned.

To accept two PKR ADUNs “involved” in sex corruption does not speak well for BN unless Najib already knows that they are innocent.

IF a sultan can sack a Menteri Besar without going to assembly hall, our Agong can sack Najib as Malaysian PM with the same reason without getting approval from the parliament in future.

We Malaysians either BN, PR and neutral supporters should united as one to against this unconstitutional move by the Perak Sultan.

min says:

most of all, the sultan has a wide knowledge on legal matters, he make a move after satisfied that his move base on laws. opposition also knows that they can form a government base on MP who jumps from BN. that why Anwar tried hard for the great jump on 16 september 2008. if not why opposition wants to that. unlucky their owned people jumped. now totally different story, opposition himself against the jump. this is not pakatan rakyat but pakatan of hypocrites.

Kelantan prince says:

As a Prince of the Kelantan Royal Household, we officially and being supported by Kelantan Royal Council, condemned Sultan Azlan Shah for his actions. He has not abide to the state or even the country’s constitution and with this regard do not respect the people.

Granted other royal houses of Malaysia have in the past demonstrated selfishly in their lifestyle and had not put the people’s interests first. Kelantan is different, our throne had been chosen by the people and for the people for generation.
It is with great disappointment that we see the current Royal house of Perak being selfish due to the fact of obtaining wealth and riches at the expense of the people.

The Sultan of Perak should call for the State assembly and with that platform, the government of the day should be chosen. The people must be heard. However the Sultan of Perak is too keen to save his daughter’s wealth at Gamuda to do the correct thing.

Please People of Malaysia, believe in democracy and fight for justice…. its about time.

NKKhoo says IF we have royal families like you, I will shouting thousand times “daulat tuanku”. 🙂

I was taught Sultans and Agong are above politics and should be neutral at all times. Very upset with what happened in Perak.