In Malaysiakini King and politics, ball is in the royal court the author, Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, seems just too eager to involve HM the Yang Di Pertuan Agong in politics and, as I see it, on the side of Anwar Ibrahim.
It appears that the public now seems to think that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong should intervene to put certainty and order back in the country. Some quarters however felt that such is not desirable, arguing that it is not appropriate to get the king involved in it.
Apparently this view fails to take into consideration various facets of the king’s role and functions under the constitution. On top of that the intervention seems the only available option given that the prime minister has already refused to consider, let alone allow, the convening of parliament to see whether he still has the majority behind him.
What nonsense! Don’t 138 MPs beat 82, or can’t the esteemed professor of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia count?
Why would or should the political ball be in the royal court when it's obvious the BN holds majority power in parliament. And I thought he was familiar with Westminster parliamentary system?
Indeed, given that it's patently clear which party holds the majority in parliament, why would the PM bother to convene parliament on the say-so of a man who claimed but couldn’t demonstrate he has the numbers.
In fact I am shocked that Dr Abdul Aziz hasn’t made a single comment the onus should be on Anwar Ibrahim to prove he indeed has the 31 BN MPs on his side, as he so boastfully announced to the entire world. Perhaps the good professor has inadvertently overlooked this fundamental process?
If Anwar Ibrahim really possesses those numbers, all he has to do would be to call for a press conference, to include especially the presence of the international press, and introduce those 31, 41, 51, or 101 BN MPs to the media. Then we can see whether AAB would have the bloody nerve to harass those MPs who indicate they have switched.
Thus Anwar should throw everything or everyone out into the open instead of playing poker bluff. If he wants to take the stake, he must reveal the 5th card. Otherwise he's just bluffing. In fact those 31 BN MPs, alleged to have switched over to PKR, will be safer that way.
Even setting aside the disgraceful bull of having Muhyiddin Yassin on his list of frogs, would it be too much for Anwar Ibrahim to practise this fundamental transparency?
The sad and annoying fact is Anwar has zilch, but alas, the good professor might have missed considering this damning point.
He continued: In the light of democracy and constitutionalism the issue now is not whether the king’s involvement is political or otherwise. What matters most is that something needs to be done in order to put the country back on the democratic process which at the moment means the testing of the claim made by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim that he has got the numbers to form the new government. As parliament has been denied the opportunity, the ball is now at the king’s court.
I have never heard such poppycock. If he wasn’t a professor of law, I would even suspect him of being an anwarista who is indirectly encouraging the King to step in when it’s obvious the BN has been and still is the political party with the majority in parliament. And I do wonder how he could talk about putting “… the country back on the democratic process.”
This is not the first time the professor has urged appealing for (or resorting to) royal intervention. Last week he penned in Malaysiakini Anwar's takeover - king or Parliament? about Anwar playing the constitutional game of taking over the government through the vote of no-confidence in parliament … yadda yadda … being a futile effort because of "... the legal and political culture prevalent in this country."
... of course without even commenting on the fact that Anwar couldn’t demonstrate his claimed majority.
Take as an example a country like Italy - There, small parties leaped around from one side to another without keeping their sitting members anonymous, or expecting the ruling party to just take the opposition's words the latter has the majority.
And that has been what the professor had virtually expect AAB to do, to convene parliament because Anwar demanded it on the mere verbal claim he possessed the numbers.
I am utterly shocked the good professor hasn’t mentioned this fact about defectors remaining under wraps whilst expecting the PM to accept Anwar's mere words he held the majority in parliament.
AAB may not be clever or an intellectual but he isn't as stupid as those people who have bought Anwar's claim wholesale without even demanding from Anwar some accountability and transparency. Dei kawan, the proof of the pudding is in the eating lah!
And some even rationalized Anwar's abject failure of 916 had been a brilliant tactic - wakakaka. I've never witnessed such blind idiocy.
He said: It seems that the option preferred by Anwar was recommended by advisers close to the palace. Yeah, right!
Sources told that they had some misgivings about Anwar going straight the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the king, to get the permission to form the new government. It was pretty obvious that they wanted to avoid the king from being dragged into the murky waters of politics.
Too right mate! And no one should ever misuse or mis-coopt the King into a political camp please.
Then the professor put in his argument, coincidentally benefitting Anwar’s cause - mind you, just a coincidence, that’s all.
The advisers have apparently ignored the guardianship role of the king; something that is common in all Westminster democracies.
And this is not only limited to kings or sultans: even in republics like India ceremonial head of states may assume some extraordinary powers in crisis situations. Indeed some allusions to such a role were also apparent in the Reid Commission Report.
However given that this is the first time we have a regime change at the federal level
'Regime change'? I am amazed by this professor of law who has already accepted as a fait accompli the PKR leader would be the PM of the 'new regime'.
And to close, I have a piece of advice for the good professor: don’t try to be too clever and open the royal Pandora box.