I could have died laughing if the matter wasn’t so serious.
I’m referring to a particular sentence in the Star Online news article headlined Anwar's dismissal as DPM is lawful, says court.
It reported that Federal Court judge Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, sitting together with Federal Court judges Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusof and Abdull Hamid Embong, stated then-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had the authority under the Federal Constitution to sack his cabinet minister.
OK, that’s fine, and I'm not getting into it … but now get their following ruling:
He said that the king, as a constitutional monarch, was required to act in accordance with the advice of the prime minister.
If you recall, exactly one month ago, and surely this is not too long a period to forget for the same three judges who were also on the appeals bench to hear Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin’s appeal against the unconstitutional sacking of him as the MB of Perak and the parallel appointment of Zambry Abd Kadir as the new MB by the Sultan of Perak, that they had ruled ...
... it was not necessary for a vote of confidence to be done in the state assembly as the Sultan can conduct his own inquiry to determine which party or coalition has the majority.
In other words HRH was NOT required to act in accordance with the advice of the menteri besar at that time, namely Nizar. For more read Malaysiakini’s Perak MB - it's Zambry!
In that situation where he had ruled in favour of the BN, he declared that the sultan would have had sufficient evidence as to who commanded the majority in the Perak assembly or who suffered a lack of confidence …
... which is the same as saying (& I do not apologise for repeating my statement) HRH, notwithstanding the cold fact that he was only a constitutional monarchy, had the right NOT to listen to MB Mohd Nizar’s advice to dissolve the DUN, and act on his own royal discretion.
Then, contrary to the State Constitution, the 'most learned' judge even pronounced that the sultan could, on arriving at his royal decision, call for the MB (Nizar of course) to vacate the post, when HRH has no such constitutional power.
This was what had led Nizar to warn us to expect absolute monarchy from now on.
Now these three same judges - just as a reminder that they, together with two other, had ruled the Sultan of Perak, even as a constitutional monarch, could ignore the advice of MB Nizar to dissolve the Perak Assembly - tell us that the Agong, as a constitutional monarch, was required to act in accordance with the advice of the prime minister.
“Squealer could turn black into white” – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Chapter 2, pg 11