Sunday, March 15, 2009

Illegal Grab

Rather late in the day and more than a month after the ouster of the Pakatan Rakyat government from Perak, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir (TDM) yesterday finally declared that the Barisan Nasional (BN) takeover of the state was not done according to the law. (Read the Malaysian Insider report, here).

"You cannot topple a menteri besar or a prime minister without a no-confidence vote in the assembly. There is no other provision," he said.

TDM said that BN should have done it properly and not "be in conflict with the law" as the courts may now rule that the Sultan of Perak has no right to sack a menteri besar. He added that a Sultan could only reject a candidate for one of his choice after an election but even this candidate could be defeated in the assembly by a vote.

Well, he should know. He was the man behind the past many constitutional amendments affecting the Rulers' functions and responsibilities.

An anonymous reader once commented in my blog that perhaps the Sultan only wanted to 'test' the legal system and laments the possible resultant 'collateral damage' inflicted on the rakyat. Anyway, lets see now if any UMNO hotshot would also like to charge the former PM for derhaka or treason or whatever too.

TDM has also vowed to work to boot out incoming premier Najib should he appoint "corrupt leaders" in his new cabinet. (Read the Malaysiakini report, here)

Hmmmm ...


  1. Cap, your parting "Hmmmm" says it all. There is no way that Najib will not appoint corrupt leaders in his new cabinet....there just are not many if any non-corrupt Umno leaders. Najib himself as we all know is....hmmmmm...
    So TDM might as well not wait and start up his campaign to boot out Najib now...

  2. I first read "Illegal Crab". Sorry Capt., vision change with age huh?

  3. Capt,

    It would appear as if NTR is going to be the official PM2B, his wife actually wants to be the real PM2B and TDM is (was) apparently the PM that was (is). Go figure!

    Strangely, the print and electronic mainstream media are SILENT on TDM's remarks.

    Hmmmm..... so is a certain uber blogger.

  4. Once in awhile Dr. M speaks a lot of sense. That is (I think) when he thinks out of his box and sees the bigger picture.
    As for the second comment asking for 'a clean cabinet', I think it would be like looking for a needle in the haystack?

  5. Hmmmm...

    Methinks Tun should not wait but better to start now. Or else he might find himself in Kamunting one of these days!!!

  6. DANG this not inspiring? OBE, a tad inspiring too huh?

  7. Sir, your hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm is deliriously mischievous.

  8. Capt looks like mamaktir will end up being pm VI,scary as it sounds like the rocky series lol.

  9. Ancient Mariner, this is the only sensible thing spoken by the Tun in the past many months. He does not "nyayok" on this issue. It is nice to see the repercussion. Wonder whether he has to queue up behind the DAP Lion at the dock !

  10. Unlike Tg Razaleigh, Mahathir took more than 1 month to say the right thing. I suspect his motive but nevertheless welcome it as it is one of the very few sensible things coming from him. Mahathir advising Najib not to take corrupt/tainted MPs as ministers? This question shud have been directed to Mahathir in the first place. Pity Najib he wouldn't have much to choose from. To start with, Najib himself is heavily tainted.

    frm: non-tainted

  11. /// peng said...
    Once in awhile Dr. M speaks a lot of sense. That is (I think) when he thinks out of his box and sees the bigger picture. ///

    peng, I think TDM is being consistent and still very well encapsulated in his air-tight box. His ulterior motive and not so hidden agenda is to bring down the current government. In this instance, he sound sensible because his goal of bringing down the incumbent coincided with the people's wishes.


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