Rulers only given respect if they oust the PM

 |Aug 10, 2016
Pakatan Harapan supporters seem will only respect the Malay Rulers if they sack Najib Razak as Prime Minister.
Pakatan Harapan supporters seem will only respect the Malay Rulers if they sack Najib Razak as Prime Minister.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini said, “Respect for monarchy falls on how it responds to our crises.”

When the news broke out that Amanah Youth had submitted a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, urging the ruler to instruct Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to resign over the 1MDB issue, I was surprised that it attracted over 5,800 shares on Facebook.

It clearly shows two things.

One of it, at least among Malaysiakini readers, is that Amanah is preferred compared with the Islamist party PAS.

In the past, cooperation between Pakatan Rakyat and PAS was because of the faces of the progressives within PAS.

Names like Mohamad Sabu, Khalid Samad and Mujahid Yusof Rawa will still bring a cheer to many Pakatan supporters, including the Chinese and the Indians, whenever they appear on stage.

So there you have it. If the Rulers want to be respected then they must first sack Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

If not then the people who hate Najib are not going to respect the Rulers.

I remember once when Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was said to be have been robbed of the Umno Presidency — and at the same time the post of Malaysian Prime Minister — because, according to him, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad cheated in the party elections.

People were very angry, even non-Umno people and non-Malays, because they wanted Mahathir out and they wanted him replaced with Tengku Razaleigh.

In fact, they brought this matter to court and Mahathir punished them by deregistering Umno and by forming a new Umno so that all his enemies could be denied entry into the new Umno.

I suppose that is one way of getting rid of your enemies.

Close down the party and form a new party and don’t allow your enemies to join the new party.

Anyway, the then Sultan of Kelantan, who was Tengku Razaleigh’s cousin-in-law, was so upset that he openly campaigned for the opposition.

The result was that Tengku Razaleigh’s party, Semangat 46, and their coalition partner, PAS, won the State of Kelantan in the general election two years later.

And this made Mahathir and Umno very angry.

Rulers are not supposed to get involved in politics.

Rulers cannot try to oust the Prime Minister.

Rulers do not have the power or authority to sack, remove or replace the Prime Minister.

And because the Sultan of Kelantan wanted Mahathir ousted he was whacked good and proper.

Anwar Ibrahim, the then Finance Minister, retaliated by accusing the Sultan of Kelantan of trying to smuggle a Lamborghini into the country without paying the import duty and taxes.

Anwar then asked the Customs to impound the car at Subang Airport, which they did.

Actually Anwar lied. Read More

Source: Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.