I refused to jump in the DAP's Lim Kit Siang bashing bandwagon last week when he advised his Perak ADUNs to stay away from the swearing in ceremony. It was indeed a bad call and Lim was called biadap or disrespectful but he has subsequently apologised to the Regent of Perak.
Anyway, short of lèse majesté or whatever, what does one make of the above Terengganu ADUNs or state assemblymen (photo) who has chosen to spurn their ruler's choice of Mentri Besar? Malaysiakini reports that prime minister Abdullah Badawi has declared "unconstitutional" the appointment of Ahmad Said as the new Terengganu MB, in a "rare showdown with the nation's royal rulers". The NST has also said in an editorial that an unhappy relationship between the MB and royal rulers could only result in "trouble and acrimony".
This "Mexican standoff" has had precedents in the past and these hotshot ADUNs from Terengganu should take note that they can come and go but HRH the Sultan, who is also the present Yang di Pertuan Agong, will still be there. His place is guaranteed under the federal constitution unless Pak Lah has the balls to turn this country into a republic or something.
It promises to be a very interesting week ahead indeed.
allows you to look ahead before following any links. But if you find that this is not for you, there is an option button at the upper right corner of the pop-up, from which you can disable the functionality.