Karpal under attack

May 9th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Got to give it to the guy. He coolly gave his statement on TV that his prior statements are within the law and in the interest of the public. No way the AG can form a case of treason or sedition, he claims. But he better be aware that in Bolehland anything can happen. The whole country can believe in something, but the decision or action taken by those responsible will be totally opposite. I think its time Karpal make preparations to get out of the country for a short while 🙂

Meanwhile, three police reports were made earlier in the day. One by BN Backbenchers Club, one by a Malay NGO coalition, and the third By Tengku Adnan (UMNO Sec-Gen) after being ordered by PM. The accusers are confident that they have a case against Karpal. PM even said that AG will be making a case soon (shown on TV3 Nightline). Wonder how he decided that when the police have not even started the investigation.

Abdullah also said that he has instructed Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor to lodge a police report against DAP chairperson Karpal Singh over his allegedly seditious remarks against the Sultan of Perak.

“The statements that he (Karpal) has made gives the impression that the sultan does not know the law,” he said. “As such, many (including Umno) are upset.”

“I’m also told that others – Malays and non-Malays – who respect the constitution, also feel slighted by what has happened. They may also complain to the relevant authorities,” said Abdullah at the sidelines of the 5th Malaysia International Halal Showcase at Matrade.

source: http://malaysiakini.com/news/82553

I think the newer generation are a bit confused on what role the royalties actually play in daily life. So, it becomes easy to question or inquire about their functions and roles. We can’t expect people in the 21st century to loyally follow their rules, like their fore fathers in the16th – 19th century.  Some of my friends (regardless of race) are non-committal if asked about the monarchy system, while some of the things others friends say might as well be seditious. If we want to brand all those who want to question/inquire as committing treason or making seditious statement, we will need more jails. I remember reading that in countries like UK and Australia, the citizens are starting to question the role of the monarchy. Maybe in future, those monarchs will be symbolic in nature. We can’t (yet) since there are laws to ensure our silence lest we want to spend some quality time behind bars. Generally, Asian countries like Thailand still have strong respect for the monarchy system as a check and balance against government. Wait a minute, there’s only Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brunei left having monarchs. Nepal not for long I guess.

Frankly speaking, it would be good if those in charge point out which part of the state constitution allows the Sultan to intervene in the appointment of a government staff. That is much more easier to do and can help the public to understand better. I understand that a government servant is not a political appointee like Chief Minister or Menteri Besar, whereby the ruler can decide not to follow the advice of the PM or the majority party (like in Perlis or Terengganu). In this particular case, the position is Head of religious department which is also head (or secretariat?) of the state religious council. Religious matters are under the Sultan since he is head of the religion in the state. But the position is a public office position, salary being paid with taxpayer’s money. So, I guess the ambiguity arises from this situation.

I look at it a purely a clarification of law issue. Nothing racial in it. If the sultan can do as he did, surely got ample proof and clauses that allow for him to intervene. If he can’t, well…not sure what the public can do. Sultan Azlan was once head of the judiciary, so surely he knows what he can and cannot do.

So, who is correct, Karpal or Sultan?

Err…by the way, i hope this article is not seditious or treasonous. I can’t afford to go overseas!

Pssst…did I mention that MIC Saravanan also made a statement against Karpal? At least on time, rather than a week late. Hidup MIC!!!


BN MPs lodge report against Karpal for sedition

http://malaysiakini.com/news/82546
Syed Jaymal Zahiid | May 8, 08 5:30pm
Two police reports have been lodged against Bukit Gelugor DAP MP Karpal Singh for his alleged seditious remark against the Sultan of Perak. The reports were lodged by BN Backbenchers (BBC) members and the coalition of Malay NGOs – Malay Unity Action Front (BBPM) – at the Brickfields police station at 4.30 pm today.

Six BBC members led by chairperson and Bintulu MP Tiong King Sing in the report want the police to investigate if Karpal’s statement as reported in the Monday edition of the Star had in anyway broken the law. The English daily on Monday had reported Karpal as saying, “Sultan Azlan Shah did not have any say, as the Ruler of Perak, in the decision made by the state government and, by law, the palace cannot order the state government to reinstate Jamry.” “We find that the remarks made by Karpal to be seditious and rude in its nature and we want the police to take necessary action as the authority provided by the Sedition Act,” BBC legal adviser and Muar MP Razali Ibrahim told reporters.

‘Karpal was rude’

Karpal had made the statement following Sultan Azlan Shah’s instruction via his son the Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah to reinstate Jamry Sury as the state’s Islamic Department director.  Jamry was alleged to have refused cooperation with the new Pakatan Rakyat Perak government and allegedly transferred to another department following his recalcitrance.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak had also cited Karpal’s statement as incorrect as the federal and state constitutions legally allow the sultan to do so.

Apart from Razali, other BBC members present were the group’s vice-president and Batu Pahat MP Mohd Puad Zarkashi, treasurer and Sri Gading MP Mohd Aziz, information chief and Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan and committee member and Arau MP Ismail Kasim.

BBPM representative Osman Abu Bakar who lodged a similar report also lambasted Karpal as biadap (extremely rude) for questioning the sultan’s instructions.  They too want the police to take stern action against the Batu Gelugor MP. They added that Karpal’s statement cannot be tolerated as it was tantamount to insulting the institution of rulers in the country.


Respect the royalty, Saravanan tells Karpal
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PUTRAJAYA, THURS:

DAP chairman Karpal Singh should concentrate on serving the people rather than showing disrespect to the royalty, MIC information chief Datuk M. Saravanan said today.  Joining a chorus of criticism against the DAP leader, Saravanan, who is Federal Territories Deputy Minister, said Karpal Singh must show respect for the country’s constitution and the five principles of the Rukun Negara, one of which calls for loyalty to the King.

“He has, from day one after the elections (on March 8), been criticising the royalty. Let us remind him that the royalty are not only for the Malays, but also for all the other races living in the country.

“If he thinks that by attacking the royalty he would gain support from the non-Malays, he is dead wrong. The royalty are for all Malaysians, not for a particular race. He says the Barisan Nasional (BN) is turning this issue into a racial issue. We are not the ones turning this into a racial issue but it is the DAP which is attempting to turn this into a racial time bomb,” he said in a statement to Bernama here.

Saravanan commented on two incidents where Karpal Singh, the Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament, had questioned the royalty.

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