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)