Feeble attempt, Honourable PM

Court Observer says:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made a feeble attempt to rationalise his argument on the Perak power grab at a press conference in Manado North Sulawesi in Indonesia after attending the Summit Meeting of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI).

I quote part of a Bernama report (taken from the Malaysian Insider):

“Don’t forget… don’t blame Tuanku (Sultan of Perak). In the 2008 general election, the BN was the only party that had the majority in the State Assembly with 28 seats… the opposition pact is not registered and remains as three separate parties.

“At that time, if Tuanku had wanted to appoint Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali (the former mentri besar), he would have had the right because the BN was the only party that had the biggest majority.

“The Tuanku, in the spirit of democracy based on the resolution made by the elected representatives from the three opposition parties… (After) the Tuanku had received their written pledges, the Tuanku then appointed Nizar as the mentri besar,” Najib explained.

But now, the opposition has lost the majority in the state assembly and Sultan Azlan Shah had appointed Dr Zambry who was nominated by the BN using the same approach and based on legitimate principles without breaching the democratic system and constitution.

“This transpired according to procedures in line with the Perak State Constitution and parliamentary democracy. …

I would now show that the Perak Constitution does NOT talk about whether a political party or a coalition party need to have the numbers to form the State Government.

Article 16(2)(a) says “His Highness shall first appoint as Menteri Besar to preside over the Executive Council a member of the Legislative Assembly who in his judgement is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly.”

A close scrutiny of this Article will reveal that the Sultan does not take into account the party affiliation of a member of the Assembly in consideration when appointing the Chief Executive of the State.

Theoretically, the Sultan could even consider an Independent Assemblyman for the post of Menteri Besar.

Coming back to the scenario as at 8th of March 2008 the Pakatan coalition had a total of 31 seats (DAP 18, PKR 7 and PAS 6). The BN coalition had 28 seats.

It was constitutionally right for the Sultan to appoint Dato Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the MB because the Sultan upon his own inquiry, had come to the conclusion that 30 other Assemblymen from PR supported Nizar.

At this stage, the Sultan may have been wrong in his judgement to appoint Nizar.

The Constitution also says that the State Assembly shall be convened not later that 90 days after initial dissolution (after the General Election). This is because one could take a vote of no confidence if they feel the Sultan’s judgement was wrong.

Nizar was appointed MB on his birthday, 17th of March 2008. In late April 2008, the State Assembly meeting was called.

If one were to look at the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly of Perak, the first order of business is the election of the Speaker.

It is an undisputed fact that Sivakumar who is also the DAP assemblyman for Tronoh was elected as the Speaker.

If the BN indeed had the numbers they could have initiated a vote of no confidence on Nizar and prove the Ruler was wrong in his choice. However that did not happen.

Assuming the BN did defeat Nizar in a vote of no confidence then as provided under Article 16(6) of the Perak Constitution the MB could request the Sultan to dissolve the Assembly. This is where the Sultan could use his discretion to call for a snap election or ask the MB to tender his resignation.

This is to enable the Sultan to repeat his exercise under Article 16(2)(a).

The Assemblymen for Changkat Jering (PKR), Jelapang (DAP) and Behrang (PKR) prior to their “defections” for reasons best known to themselves were part of the Pakatan coalition until late January 2009. BN lacked the legitimacy to form the Government because its majority came through defections.

As ruled by the High Court judge on 11th of May 2009, the BN made a costly mistake because they did not take a vote of no confidence from the floor to oust Nizar.

In conclusion, it appears that Najib is ignorant of the workings of the State Constitution although he was once the MB of Pahang from the year 1982 to 1986 or he is pretending to be oblivious to the real situation.

A first year law student will tell you that the appointment of the MB is not based on the number of seats a party wins but the individual who in the opinion of the appointing authority commands the majority support in the House.


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10 Responses to Feeble attempt, Honourable PM

  1. Simple. It was a fatal oversight during the execution of the coup d'état in Feb. So the poor Perak democracy is C4'ed by the 'C4 expert' to settle it once and for all. But the Perak people decided to pick up the fragments and piece them together. It takes time…

  2. I had managed to pull some strings and I am told the PM's version of the Perak Consti read as follows:

    Article 16(2)(a) “His Highness shall first appoint as Menteri Besar to preside over the Executive Council a member of the Legislative Assembly who is the leader, or if not, is a person approved by the leader, of the party with the greatest number of seats in the Legislative Assembly, including, if any, seat or seats occupied by any any member of the Legislative Assembly belonging to any other party upon such member or members joining the party with the most number of seats."

    So, your article is wrong!

    Please correct that before I obtain a stay against your existence.

  3. like a hasty misogynist of a husband ill-equipped to understand the concept of marital rape, try explaining the concept of doing things the right way. BN at their best, is as likely as BN being at their worst.

    i like the idea that BN is this retard of a bastard child that cannot simply function in a normal manner. at least then, i can find a way to rationalise the things they do.

  4. BARES ALL ON CHAIR

    He who cares, dares

    Justice to be fair

    Nothing to hide bares

    Any injustice sitting on chair

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 170509
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Sun. 17th May 2009.

  5. Ex Neutral

    I don't think they actually care what you or I think. They have been doing it whatever way they wish, bulldooze thru or however. And it's like what you gonna do about it. Next GE is 3 yrs away by time there will probably be a few extra Tuns in the country, and the country might be high and dry by then.

  6. Nordin Wan

    The question is; why does this line of reasoning does not appear earlier?

    The answer obviously is that they only come up with (or discovered) this line of reasoning at much later point in time after they realised they had blundered. And this is the best they can come up with.

  7. mei1

    This is what U Must Not Object well known for, isn't it? fabricating their "facts", flip-flop, denial syndrome, 2-faced, you name it. So, can we the rakyat see fresh elections in Perak soon??

    I don't know, what I know is that All crows are BLACK & this is the response from IGP:

    (NST, Sunday) SEPANG: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan yesterday told the Bar Council to do some soul-searching before questioning the arrest of the five lawyers on May 7.

    "First we should ask these questions, are lawyers above the law? Are they immune from actions if they commit an offence?"

    "If they commit an offence, can it be said that they were trying to carry out their professional duties and responsibilities? These questions should be answered first," Musa told reporters here at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

    "If the Bar Council wants to be a pressure group, then they might as well become a non-governmental organisation. Lawyers are supposed to be professionals," he said.

    "I will not allow Malaysia to become another Thailand. No organisation or body or person will be allowed to threaten national security and public order," Musa vowed.

  8. Malaysian

    Mongolian C4's rhetoric slogan is ofcuz "people's first", but what he did is "save face first" , as the whole saga was engineered by him, if he resolve DUN, which means he ll responsible for the largest embarassments that their party will ever get.

    BTW, mongolian C4 doesnt really get the rakyat's approval to be the PM!

  9. Leong Yook Kong

    Go for fresh elections in Perak as this is what the majority of the Malaysians wants according to several polls. Majority of the Perakians are suffering from the current financial crisis silently. They are looking forward when they can move on with a legal government.

    Najib's slogan is "PEOPLE FIRST" and not "PEOPLE SECOND". If he still has the heart for the Periakians, he should do the honourable "thing" for the Perakians.

    Let us wait for a "BIG" ammouncement from the Istana Perak in due course.

  10. It is so obvious Mongolian C4 was twisting and turning to convinced the less informed rakyat the workings of the State Assembly…are we surprised? No quite expected when we have scumbags running a country where constitutional rule means very little to them. They will use whatever means just to clinch on to power. Was not the faked and illegal May 7th 'Assembly' reviewed to us all!

    Mongolian lover claimed the throne on the back of the racist party UMNO, he is not my Prime Minister..the nation did not give him the approval and he has no balls to prove us wrong!