Those ardent monarchists would by now be fairly pissed off with Karpal Singh for what he had said regarding the Perak Sultan’s humiliation of the State’s MB.
As reported by Malaysiakini, Karpal didn’t spare HRH when he declared that Sultan Perak acted unconstitutionally in ordering the new state government to reinstate Jamry Sury as Perak Religious Department director.
Earlier Perak MB Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had dismissed Jamry Sury from that post by transferring him back to the State Secretariat.
Karpal said that it has been within the rights of a state government to transfer Jamry for the reason the latter was a state government servant.
Of late, probably sensing their opportunity to regain their old powers lost under Dr M, because they had deemed a politically wounded AAB as weak, the royalty have been clawing back what they believe to be lost royal prerogatives.
In some cases like in Penang and the current Perak issue, it would seem they interfered for no other reason than to flex their muscles and keep the politicians on the back foot.
The royalty have also been in large part encouraged by the general public’s approval, prior to the general election, of their assuming a greater and more direct role in politics. There is one particular blog which has been promoting them beyond their constitutional role.
I did warned that the royalty aren't silver bullets for the nation's political problems. In a number of cases, the royalty themselves have been the problems.
I have also warned that if the royalty want to get themselves involved in politics, they must be prepared to accept criticisms as if they are politicians (whom indeed they have been acting as if they were/are). Well, Karpal has laid into them, starting ironically with the learned Sultan of Perak. Mind you, Karpal is no slouch when it comes to constitutional law.
But I have no doubt tomorrow some UMNO diehards will exploit the situation by accusing Karpal Singh of lèse majesté.
By interfering with State government’s democratic right to rule as the people’s representative, especially in Terengganu, Perlis, Perak and Penang, the royalty believe they can enjoy immunity yet dabble unconstitutionally with politics (when they haven't been elected - and they should well remember this fact!).
The days of Sultan Mansur Shah are over so these royalty should remember not to interfere with the nation's democratic process.
They are of course welcome to participate as politicians but they do so like Tengku Abdul Rahman or Tengku Razaleigh, as ordinary citizens without the privilege of royal immunity from all the laws of the country.
(1) The dangers of royal political activism
(2) Rulers no 'Silver Bullet'
(3) Dangerous euphoria over 'political' royalty
(4) Kelantan Crown Prince 'slapped' non-Malays in face!