Perak: Insiden yang memalukan kerabat di-Raja

Perak monarchy ’embarrassed’ by imbroglio
May 12, 09 9:09am
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.


asli forum tengku razaleigh economy 150109 02Razaleigh, 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.

It’s better
for BN to risk state elections

The Umno leader said that Umno’s
“constitutional misadventure” will
have repercussions.

“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
unwound painfully.

“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
and country.

“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.”

One of Raja Nazrin’s famous speeches

Raja Nazrin extols virtues of a ruler

KUALA LUMPUR: The role of monarchs should not be merely symbolic, restricted to carrying out ceremonial and traditional duties.

In making this observation, the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah said a king was not “a frozen decorative monument without life.”

Raja Nazrin: ‘A king should exhibit a firm, intelligent and just character’

“A king should exhibit a firm, intelligent and just character, be rich in knowledge and experience,” he said yesterday at a special forum on the Muslim Malay monarchy system in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei.

The forum was held in conjunction with the 60th birthday celebration of the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

Raja Nazrin said a king should be able to bridge the old and the new and bring about reforms as well as retain traditions and be ready to institute changes by allowing modernisation to take place without discarding the richness of inherited customs.

For the king to act wisely, intelligently, fairly and equitably, he must have officials and advisers who are knowledgeable and do not have hidden interests, he said.

“A king should never feel pressured and should not have to give his assent if any advice presented contradicts the spirit of the Constitution, contravenes the rule of law and is in breach of the global principles of justice.

“A king should never favour actions that do not symbolise justice or accede to actions that do not reflect the truth,” he said.

Raja Nazrin said administrators appointed to govern a country must prove their loyalty to the king by carrying out their responsibilities honestly, sincerely and with full determination and commitment.

“A king falls because of the collapse of a country, and the country crumbles because of the people’s anxiety.

“Weak governance causes the people to be anxious. Defective governance damages the country and, in the end, weakens the king,” he said.

The strengths and weaknesses of a king, he added, were dictated by the strengths and weaknesses of those entrusted to be his officials and advisers.

“Those given the trust and responsibility to advise the king must speak the truth however bitter it may be,” he said.

Raja Nazrin said a king should not underestimate the role of the media, which was becoming more open.

“Managing the media is an art that requires skill, charm and prudence,” he said.

He suggested the creation of a website on the monarchy to allow the world to understand the institution of the monarchy from the palace’s perspective.

Raja Nazrin also said monarchs had the responsibility to help overcome terrorism.

He said they could, for example, initiate inter-religious and inter-cultural discussions, enhance the understanding of Islam, voice humanitarian demands and help those who were suffering, especially in Palestine, Afghanistan and Lebanon. –Bernama