Malaysiakini informed us that Selangor MB sacks vice-chancellor of the University Industri Selangor (Unisel), the state-owned university.
Vice-chancellor Professor Dr Mohd Razali Agus has found himself without a job after he received a letter of termination of services from Pendidikan Industri Yayasan Selangor Sdn Bhd/Unisel chairperson Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (also the MB).
Malaysiakini added that The Selangor Today website claimed that Razali Agus wrote to Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin recently to say that he was uncomfortable with the Pakatan Rakyat state government.
Alas, it seemed the letter had found its way to the state government.
I believe the MB has a right to dismiss any State employee provided the sacking was done in accordance with due process and without untoward prejudice. Razali Agus can always appeal or take the MB to court for unfair dismissal.
I recall another MB, Nizar of Perak, being terribly embarrassed by the Sultan (through the Regent) when not too long ago he dismissed a State public servant for refusing to work with the new PR State government.
Because the dismissed chap was a director of a State religious department, the Sultan exercised his so-called royal prerogative on matters of State religion and revoked the dismissal, and publicly reprimanded Nizar while demanding the public servant be reinstated in his job.
Nizar complied. Now that his State ‘CEO’ authority has been right royally undermined by the Sultan, how in the world is he going to manage the recalcitrant official?
(a) Did the Sultan have to publicly humiliate Nizar and undermine his MB’s authority?
The Sultan could have still made his point about the need for the MB to consult HRH before sacking any religious officer.
Karpal Singh had been absolutely correct for speaking out against royal interference with politics and political decisions/management. Even though the man was the director of a State religious department, his sacking was not related to religious matters but rather his political behaviour as a State public servant - certainly that would then be within the powers and right of the MB to dismiss him.
The MB and his exco has been elected by the rakyat and in a democratic constitutional monarchy, the voice of the people (expressed through their elected repesentatives) is supreme.
There were the usual politically motvated calls, no doubt from BN, to charge Karpal with lèse majesty.
But any royalty who brings him/herself incorrectly down into the political arena must be prepared to accept political criticism. Lawful political dissent and criticisms are the supreme right of the rakyat.
The royal person who wants to play politics shouldn’t expect to enjoy royal immunity from the laws (including a legal suit) or claim that those who criticise him/her have been guilty of lèse majesty, treason or affronting his/her royal person.
... and (note the contrast) ...
(b) When a while ago, the State's Chief Mufti was involved with seditious incitement of Muslims against an innocent church gathering, where was HRH when we needed him most?