Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Continous Tug Of War in Perak

Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional have been trading blows on their reactions of the post emergency assembly under the tree yesterday. PR says that it is valid, BN says it's not valid because the BN assemblymen were not there and all those things they would say. And of course, there is a trading of blows between the two fronts with Sivakumar in the middle, with the BN entities MACC investigating misuse of power, while PR lawyers and constitution experts say that Speaker's decision cannot be challenged in the court, given of the authority that he is entitiled.

If BN has been in power for 52 years and using the existing set of rules, PR can do and acts according to the current set of rules but somehow BN is unhappy of decisions that goes against their way. Isn't that hypocritic?

The tug of war is like wrecking the constitution. The decision of this Judicial Commissioner is put to question in terms of eligibility since his period expired on Feb 28. This could be something interesting as the decision is likely to be questioned, rescinded or whatever they'd do.

Perak is out of control now. The sultan only needs to say that snap elections is to be held and that's it. Let the people decide. Just as the story of King Solomon's dilemma of the child and deciding which mother does he belong.

Look at the last half of Ku Li's latest posting:

Laws are invisible things. They exist only when they are understood and observed. When the government of the day ignores foundational principles such as the separation of powers, the Constitution becomes a dead piece of paper. But the Constitution is not just any law. It is the set of laws that founds our nation, defines its basic principles, guarantees our individual rights and prescribes the structures, duties, and powers which make a national community possible. It is the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the existence of Malaysia.

Those who so blithely ignore the Constitution for political ends are quite literally wrecking the foundations of this country to further their own interests.

This must stop.

The constitutional situation in Perak gets murkier by the day, with egos and reputations entrenched in hopeless positions. There is a simple and graceful way to clarify the situation definitively: return to the sole source of legitimate government, the will of the people as expressed through free and fair elections. Barisan might wish to show some magnanimity and confidence in calling for this.

I fear that nobody from the Gerombolan would be willing to listen to the man who wishes to change UMNO but could not do so because of rushing for prestiges. But this is a statement that must be brought to the attention of both sides.

I am aware that Sultan Azlan Shah will face a tough time again on this scenario given that past rumor of His Majesty being blackmailed and forced to accept Najib or risk losing the throne. But the people of Perak and even some royalties like Pete are with Nizar and his partners. They have done the right thing and there is one last thing to finish the puzzle - the solution only from His Majesty. Call the snap elections, have no fear on Najib's intimidation and repercussions, and there are powerful people that could take care of bringing Najib down.

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