Tuesday 12 May 2009

PERAK CRISIS: Perak Royal Palace Should Use High Court Ruling to Salvage Its Reputation and Integrity

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For the Sultan of Perak, it is an opportunity to right a wrong. The former Lord President may believe that he exercised his discretion correctly when he asked Nizar to resign as MB in February following the defection of three Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers but the court of public opinion never felt so.

Now the High Court has rendered his decision null and void, saying that the correct procedure for removing a mentri besar is through a vote of no-confidence in the state assembly.

Sultan Azlan Shah can extract his royal household from this quagmire by granting Nizar an audience tomorrow and agreeing to dissolve the state assembly. (It is understood that the Sultan is presently out of the country.)

For many Malaysians, the defections of the three Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers which forced the collapse of the Pakatan state government will never be accepted as constitutional or legal.

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