Saturday, March 15, 2008
In Malay, we say retak menanti belah or cracks leading to disintegration, or words to that effect.
While the ruling Barisan Nasional federal government were possibly gloating over the hiccups happening in the formation of 4 state governments it lost in the recent general election, all is not peachy in the states of Perlis and Terengganu where HRH the Raja and the Sultan respectively have chosen to exercise their constitutional rights over the choice of Mentris Besar. Earlier, the Sultan of Selangor and the Regent of Perak have also indicated that they were not willing to accept just about anyone they feel will not serve the interests of their states and their subjects. Another constitutional crisis in the making?
To top it all, Mukhriz son of former prime minister Dr Mahathir has followed in his father's footsteps by writing a letter asking Pak Lah to quit, a day after he had affirmed his undivided support. Chances are now he will be given the boot like his father suffered about 40 years ago. Posters (photo, from Rocky's blog) have also been put up in public places in support of his call. Some members of BN component parties are also calling for their leaders to step down.
There have also been illegal street demonstrations by UMNO groups in Penang and elsewhere when not very long ago they have said that such public displays of protests are not the 'Malaysian way'. Sheeesh.
Anyway, lots of luck to United Malays National Organisation. They have again not only successfully divided the Malays but also their own members. Our founding fathers must surely be rolling in their graves about now.
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 10:55