Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the political turmoil in Perak was "because they (UMNO/BN) DIDN'T follow the law, instead asked the Ruler to sack the menteri besar. As far as I know, there is NO such provision in the Perak or Federal Constitution."
Dr.Mahathir was answering to a question during his lecture today on “Democracy and the Future Leadership of Malaysia”, organised by the Former People's Representatives Council (Mubarak), at the Tun Hussien Onn Memorial in Kuala Lumpur.
Elaborating, Mahathir said that BN was “terlalu gopoh (too rash)” by not waiting for a state assembly sitting to rid Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin as menteri besar through a vote of no confidence.
Dr. Mahathir said,
"..The problems you see in Perak are because (BN) took some wrong steps. They should have asked the AG (attorney-general) on what is said in the law, then there would have been no problems. But because they didn’t follow the law, now there are all sorts of problems.Related Article
Instead, they asked the Sultan to throw out the menteri besar. Some say that the Perak laws allow this, but to my knowledge, this is not the case. Nor does the Federal Constitution (allow this).
This is also dangerous - if the sultan can get rid of a menteri besar or the Agong can get rid of the prime minister - susah kita (we’ll be in trouble).
They (the rulers) have OTHER interests. They DON'T have our political interests in mind.
Because this may be in conflict with the law...the courts may now rule that the Sultan has no right to sack a menteri besar.
We find that people will not comply..because we started on the wrong foot, people are now against us.
It is up to the legal people to decide. What I do know is that for a menteri besar to be removed, it is through a vote of no-confidence (in the state assembly. "
INCREASING MALAY ANGER DIRECTING AT MONARCHY AND UMNO'S POLITICS
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Six men, four of them are Malays, were charged in courts nationwide today for insulting the Sultan of Perak on his website. They were angry with the Perak Ruler over his actions that has led to the state’s growing complex constitutional crisis.
One pleaded guilty. Five others claimed trial. The Malay Rulers are as intrinsic to their identity as a Malay as is Islam under the Federal Constitution.
They were angry enough to post insults on the Ruler's website until the authorities had to take action under Section 233 of the Multimedia and Communications Act 1998 for "unwise use of network or network services for making comments, demands, suggestions or communication which are vulgar, false, threatening or disturbing".
These four Malays who were charged also contradicted Umno's declaration that Malays were loyal and supported the Ruler's actions.
- More Malays were and are angry over the ousting of the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak than others although the Chinese-dominated DAP had more seats than Pas or PKR.
- More Malays were also out protesting against the swearing-in ceremony for Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as Barisan Nasional's choice for menteri besar.
Their anger will not dissipate until they get what they want, justice for the elected government in Perak and a government that represents their interests, notwithstanding all the fines to be paid in court, or the rallies and show of support for the royals organised by Umno and their allies.
They not only made history by allegedly insulting the Ruler but also for being the first to be charged under this Act, which provides a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum jail term of one year, or both for those found guilty.