Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Sovereign is above internal party election
Blogger WZWH had the story here and here.
According to the blogger, there was a dinner and event for 5,000 "community" leaders getting an audience with his highness the Sultan of Pahang at the Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan last Saturday night.
It can be considered an auspices event since his majesty's 83rd birthday is drawing near and this year is the 40th year as ruler of Pahang.
In his royal addresss, his highness reflected on the nation's history from independence till today and expressed concern on the future of the Malays in the light of certain elements in the nation dare to question Malay 'sovereignty', Malay rights, Islam etc.
His majesty expressed hope that Pahang continue to prosper, rakyat taken care and Malay politics able to face such challenges.
However, before the posting by WZWH, an SMS reached us to tell us that the event was more than just the Sultan's address. The "community" leaders invited to the Istana were UMNO branch delegates that will vote in the UMNO election.
The whole thing was about campaigning for a Vice President candidate and it was openly expressed.
The only information we have on the Vice President candidate is that he has family link to a member of the royal family and his family member organised the event for his benefit.
Our concern is to what extent that SMS has spread because it would disgrace the Sultan by putting his highness in the precarious position for intervening in rakyat's political affair.
During the Galas by-election, Rockybru wrote to pre-empt a royal intervention in a by-election campaign here. He linked it to an article by Bigdogdotcom here which caution the rulers from being used as political tool.
In the last general election, there was also concern on a Sultan direct involvement to campaign against a rival royal family candidate.
On a matter of fundamental significance, the ruler as sovereign should stay above politics, more so in intra-party politics.
It is enshrined in the constitution and agreed prior to independence that Malaysia will be a democratic country and the Malay rulers have agreed for people rule.
Rulers role are clear in the constitution thus for such an SMS to claim Sultan campaigned for a Vice President candidate is highly improper.
If the Vice President candidate really had used his family link and Istana connection to gain influence of delegates to vote him, he has abused his position and broke party election ethics.
There implication of his action is that it gives the wrong message to the Istana that people are not capable of self rule and it requires Istana intervention to enable the people make the right decision to vote him back.
Since Malay interest and rights are not defended and compromised by some political leaders, we might as well revert back to total monarchy system and return power to the Sultan to rule and administer the country.
This is not criticising to bring him down but a matter of fundamental importance in governance.
The Malay rulers are clear in their understanding of their role in administration. The sovereign is above partisan politics and intra-party politics, including internal party election.
It would be a shame and a major embarassment that an UMNO leader does not understand his place and role in the constitution.
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