There is no democracy in Malaysia.
It has been confirmed in the case of Perak. I am on the side of the law, not any political party.
I would like to suggest to the UMNO/BN leadership not to hold any more general elections. Just declare your party as the winner and rule forever.
What happened in Perak is a blatant example of culprits using coercive power to pervert real democracy.What we have is a collusion of the executives, police and other state apparatus to rule with an iron fist.
The leadership of UMNO should realise what it has done to democracy in Perak. It has dragged into the fiasco too many parties e.g. the Perak monarchy, police, MACC and the state secretariat and the impact is disastrous and long lasting.
In a clear separation of power, it is illegal and illogical for both the state secretariat and the police to make such arbitrary announcement. The police does not have a legitimate reason to be involved in the situation in Perak. The Perak police chief must retract his statement and withdraw his force from the state assembly immediately. Else, an action must be taken against the police chief in accordance to the law.
The powers of the assembly speaker are clear and clarified in the constitution. It is not for Zambry, UMNO, the police or the state secretary to decide if his decision is illegal or not.
The action taken by the executive, the police and the state secretariat is illegal and undemocratic. Any parties failing to respect our democratic process is an act of contempt and must be severely punished.
Once again, the police has proven to be a political tool of the ruling (read: UMNO) regime. Malaysians must act sternly against politicians who think they are above the law.
Zambry should stop and retract his threat immediately. He said, "If anyone is involved in tomorrow's assembly, the state government would not compromise with anyone or any group which threatens national security, particularly in Perak."
The silence of other BN component parties on this serious breach of the democracy system speaks volume of their pledge to change and reinvent themselves.
It is sad that only Speakers from BN have real power and not others. If this is the case, our dream of having a two-party system is dead.
It is embarrassing for us claiming to be a beacon of hope and an example for other Muslim nations. Democracy is dead here. Just look at Indonesia if you want to see a working democracy.
Malaysians, what say you?
A CONDEMNED POLICE FORCE!
Excerpts: Read HERE and here for more in The Might of the Pen Blog
Civil society and the Bar Council have slammed the police for deeming the emergency sitting of the Perak legislature as illegal, warning it not only reeked of taking sides but would also harden public perceptions that Malaysian institutions were at the beck and call of the ruling politicians of the day.
Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan said:
“This is a real test of the whether our institutions are truly independent. Our institutions, that is the courts, the police and so on, are being tested and we can judge for ourselves whether they are acting independently or not.She also criticised the police for hiding behind the instructions of the state assembly secretary, Abdullah Antong Sabri, who on Sunday issued an unauthorized statement that the sitting was invalid because it lacked the Sultan’s consent.
We are very surprised the police is ignoring the Speaker. The secretary has absolutely no right nor authority at all to question the validity and legality of the sitting.”
Abdullah Antong has since been suspended for unprofessional conduct and replaced by Mohd Misbahul Munir Masduki effective on Mar 2.
DEATH OF JUSTICE IN MALAYSIA
While the drama was unfolding in Perak today, justice was killed at another location in Malaysia. Sivakumar’s lawyers withdraw from the case after Judicial Commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim rules that private lawyers have no locus standi and cannot represent the Speaker.
Ridwan says that under the Government Proceedings Act, the Speaker can only be represented by the state legal advisor, or lawyers appointed by the latter, because he is part of the state government.
Sivakumar’s lead counsel, constitutional expert Tommy Thomas, says they were refused speaking rights under Ridwan’s ruling.