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Bad Advice Given to HRH Sultan of Perak by Royal Adviser ?
"...The Perak DAP-PKR-PAS Coalition has done something quite STUPID.
In submitting 3 names to the Sultan to choose, it has unwittingly involved royalty in State politics in an unprecedented way.
It’s NOT for the Sultan to choose from a list of three (candidates).
Certainly the Sultan can disagree with a name but he should only be given ONE name (at a time).
For example, the Sultan could say no to DAP Ngeh and say, "gimme another name!"
But it’s not for HRH to be given 3 names and decide on one he prefers.
The choice of an MB is a political one and to be left to the political parties as elected by the rakyat; the ACCEPTANCE of the choice is the prerogative of HRH.
The HRH CANNOT and SHOULD not be making a political decision by choosing one name from a list of three.
The Correct Approach by Selangor Sultan
The Selangor Sultan’s approach was correct – (only) one name, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, was provided and HRH held his consent in abeyance UNTIL he could speak to the other two parties, DAP and PAS, to ascertain that the Coalition will be a stable one with Khalid as MB.
In fact this is ONLY applicable in a minority government.
The Sultan would NOT and SHOULD not deny a majority government’s choice of MB unless the State Constitution doesn’t allow a non-Muslim to be a MB.
But this, i.e.,only a Muslim can become a MB, is of course another story.
Constitutional Crisis in Perlis
The Raja of Perlis Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail has named Bintong assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the new Perlis Mentri Besar AFTER Perlis Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim had received the letter of appointment to be Mentri Besar from Barisan chief Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Abdullah had given Shahidan his letter of appointment on Tuesday.
The Ruler said Md Isa's appointment was in accordance with Article 39(2) of the Laws of the Constitution of Perlis which required him to appoint someone who commanded the trust of the majority of the members of the state assembly to become Mentri Besar and head the state executive council. Read here for more