|The Perak sultan and
the monarchy have been “embarrassed”
by the political imbroglio following BN’s
grab of the state government three
months ago, said veteran Umno leader
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
Razaleigh, who is uncle to
the Kelantan sultan, said that the royalty had
been hurt by the systematic attempts by
some within Umno to inflame the Perak
impasse into one of “race and treason”.
At last month’s Bukit Gantang by-election
which Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin contested
and won, Umno had accused the ousted
menteri besar of treason and described
him as a stooge of key coalition partner,
the predominantly-Chinese DAP.
“Such attempts only hurt the institutions
they claim to protect, and they hurt
Umno and BN,” said Razaleigh in his latest blog posting.
Commenting on the court decision yesterday
to recognise Nizar as the lawful menteri besar,
Razaleigh said the ruling had affirmed
the primacy of the constitution.
“According to the constitution, Nizar is
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.”
Razaleigh hopes that the Perak sultan, who had earlier instructed Nizar to resign, will now agree to
the Perak MB’s request to dissolve the assembly so
that elections can be called.
“This is the decent thing to do, but also
the only way out of a crisis which has
already spiralled out of Perak, damaged
the rule of law, compromised the judiciary,
the police and the state civil service,
and damaged the monarchy in public opinion.”
Nizar is to seek an audience with Perak
regent Raja Nazrin Shah, who is
representing the sultan.
for BN to risk state elections
The Umno leader said that Umno’s
“constitutional misadventure” will
“The government led by Zambry (Abd Kadir)
was all along illegitimate and all decisions
and contracts made by that government
are without legal status. The cascade of
illegalities we warned of must now be
“This includes the deplorable events of
May 7 in Ipoh. It means the resolution
to replace the speaker was brought by
an illegal state government.”
Razaleigh also ticked off Umno leaders
for their political manoeuvres which have
brought odium to both the monarchy
“Our ideals are cheated when the monarchy
we claim to protect is brought down to
the level of desperate political manoeuvres
that discredit us at home and abroad.
We have no future as a party if we
are seen as being against the people
rather than for them.
“Those unable to rise above narrow
party interests to understand what
happens to a country when a government
loses respect for the law might still like
to consider this: it is better for BN to risk
state elections that we may lose rather
than to lose the entire country by being
seen to be opposed to decency,
the rule of law, and the will of the people.”