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Tussle Over Terengganu MB

Coat of arms of TerengganuImage from WikipediaCharles Hector: The prime minister certainly does not decide on the question of who will be Menteri Besar. It is the elected members of state legislative assembly who decide – the menteri besar is the one who has the confidence of the majority of the members elected.

Ahmad Said has been appointed the mentri besar by the Sultan of Terengganu. He has the support of seven of the eight Umno division leaders in the state. Twenty-two (or should we say 23?) of the 24 BN Aduns apparently supported the choice of the prime minister, that is the former MB, one Idris Jusoh..

Ahmad Said has been stripped of his Umno membership for disobeying party leadership. Where was the show-cause letter? Where was that disciplinary board hearing? Where was his right to be heard and ‘fair trial’ principles? But what am I talking about for it is Umno and things work differently there. Leaders say jump and all who do not jump are no more a member. Since when has it become an offence for a member to disobey the party leadership?

Derhaka – would the behaviour and the boycott by the 23 amount to that? If the Sultan orders that you do A, and your PM orders that you do B? What do you do? Who will you obey? Kesetiaan kepada Raja dan Negara.

Wendy Lee: When Lim Kit Siang asked the Perak DAP assemblymen to boycott the Perak MB swearing-in-ceremony, there was huge uproar and illegal gatherings at various spots in Perak demanding that Lim KS apologise in what they perceived as an insult to the Perak royalty.

Now, not only we see a similar scenario in Terengganu, it is worse! Umno assemblypersons, federal cabinet ministers, the PM and Deputy PM are defying the instructions of the Terengganu palace. So where are the demonstrators? Why no outcry? Why no street gatherings demanding apologies? Others can’t do this or that but when it comes to Umno, everything can? So readers, judge for yourselves.

Tabbythamby123: Idris Jusoh and his 22 BN cronies were apparently not taught the Rukun Negara on loyalty and respect to the King and Ruler. Their actions of defying the decision of the Terengganu palace are tantamount to a revolt or waging war against the King. According to the constitution, they can be punished. A more appropriate way to educate them is to strip off their beloved Datukship titles.

Batmanm: As a Malaysian guided by the Rukun Negara principle of ‘Kesetiaan kepada Raja’, I would like to call on all Malaysians to show their solidarity and support for the Sultan of Terengganu in his hour of need. Going by the Sultan’s track record, I am confident that the Sultan only has the rakyat’s interest in mind in appointing the new MB.

From what I have been reading in the media, the Sultan appears to be alone in facing the wrath of the BN government. The rakyat from Terengganu should demonstrate their love and support for the Sultan and I am sure that an amicable settlement can be reached.

Any disagreement with the Sultan should be handled behind closed doors. Public statements against the Sultan would only be viewed as disrespect and insult to the royal institution. Any act deemed to be biadap dan derhaka will not to be taken lightly by the rakyat and I call upon the government to take heed of this. Daulat Tuanku!

Chai Ming Hock: When Lim Kit Siang called for the boycott of the swearing-in ceremony of the Perak MB – for which he later apologised – he was labelled as ‘derhaka’ and accused of showing disrespect to the Perak royalty.

Now, Terengganu Umno has boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of the Terengganu MB, so they too can be called ‘derhaka’. Worse, Umno has actually sacked the Sultan’s candidate from the party. Aren’t these actions by Umno to be considered a great disrespect to the royal family? Anything less will smack of a classic case of double standards in Malaysia.

Om Prakash: It dawns upon the Malaysian public that the constitution of the country and the various states needs streamlining now that the rule by constitutional monarchy has come back to haunt the government. The glaring truth is that each is being used by the other for their own interests in the name of the rakyat and country. It has been the tradition and culture to shift the blame when it suits the respective parties.

The above are comments made on an article PM Wades Into Royal Tussle which were published in Malaysiakini on 24 March 2008.

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