Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PKR’s Kajang Move has Given Hadi enough rope to hang himself

Noh threatens an ‘uprising’, not seditious?

‘He’s guilty of same offence as Adam who was sentenced to one-year jail.’

‘Clerics should leave politics to politicians’

In Argos, the Ben Affleck-produced Hollywood film on the escape of six Americans from the Canadian ambassador’s house at the height of the Iranian revolution, the marauding mob, which took over the US embassy, was not just satisfied with holding Americans hostage. Enraged at the unstinted American support, the mob leaders corralled a group of youngsters and ordered them to piece together the shredded bits of photos of the embassy staff taken to identify whether anyone had escaped. The photos were shredded by an unsuspecting staff member after the mob broke the gates and stormed the compound. But the labours of the army of kids did not go waste as the militants chased the embassy staff on the tarmac providing a gripping finale to an edge-ofthe-seat thriller.

  
 There are a lot of similarities here. PKR's "Kajang Move" has NOT failed,As alliance crumbles the alliance is not dying an untimely death  PAS and Hadi begin blame game As it became clear that the alliance was set to walk into the sunset,The only way forward is to expel PAS from Pakatan and to link up with PasMa comprising of party dissidents who want continued political collaboration with DAP and PKR.


 Azmin is smart enough, he will use his influence to win over his detractors and if it is successful, it can see him possibly become a top leader to lead PKR," he said, adding that Azmin will however not take on his mentor Anwar for fear of a political backlash
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had been a loyal supporter of Anwar and the party since the beginning of PKR. Although some might disagree with his policies and management style, this is normal in any political party and is a good thing. Why should Hadi even imagine PAS will get the MB’s post, and be able to retain in once the assembly re-convene? 
 I think, PAS will lose a lot of support at the coming GE, so even if they can through some great fortune hold the MB’s post - it will be for one term and PAS will be banished to the wilderness of Kelantan come GE14.
 
But don't let differences be destructive to the core interests of the party. This is democracy. If they don’t like him then vote him out in the next AGM. It’s time to move on.Most people are not shocked at all by Hadi. Perhaps only the holier than thou members of PAS who think that they are better than the rest of the society.Wake up, you are as human as the person next to you so stop dictating to the rakyat how they should behave when you yourself cannot even behave properly.

 
A new generation of leaders is needed beyond Anwar or his family members although their contribution has been important. Nothing is forever and leaders should know when to pass on the baton. Leaders too long in power get ossified just like our Dr Mahathir Mohamad of BN. 
Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad was almost right at the beginning of the MB saga when he cautioned many to be patient and give  Hadi enough rope to hang himself.
After the president’s winding-up speech at the muktamar using unbecoming words like “barua” and “broker” against his party assemblypersons and the coalition partners, it is  indeed Abdul Hadi Awang who got ‘hanged’. Religious preachers should not be involved in politics. This applies to all religions. Historically, the world had suffered and is still suffering when countries are governed by religious preachers or along rigid religious doctrines.
 
In a non-homogenous society like Malaysia, PAS cannot play any meaningful and progressive role if it insists on sticking to its rigid religious doctrines. The country will never develop economically vis a vis the world and religious harmony among the various communities will forever be suspect.
 
Openly condemning another human to hell is no different from the practices of the religious extremists and terrorists. 
Imagine a so-called eminent religious leader using such crude words. Hadi Awang is an intelligent man but why such bitterness, as said by one PAS member, for a post which does not even belongs to the party?It is simply unacceptable that PKR can be accused by the president of PAS of 'buying' PAS state assemblypersons to give Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail majority support in the House. DAP too has been accused of being complicit in PKR's 'treachery'.
 
This is a very serious indictment of PKR, by accusing it of being corrupt. PKR has to respond decisively otherwise it would be lending credence to Hadi's claims thus further damaging PKR.
 
I am convinced the ulama faction has decided to link up with Umno in order to cause the Selangor government to fall. It is vital that DAP and PKR isolate the ulama who have shown themselves to be utterly immoral and duplicitous.
 
The only way forward is to expel PAS from Pakatan and to link up with PasMa comprising of party dissidents who want continued political collaboration with DAP and PKR.
If the word “barua” can be used against his own party members who go against the wishes of his political faction, then the public can also use the word “barua” on Hadi, as he goes against the wishes of all Selangorians and the voters who voted for change.
 
That is the reason this “barua” lost Kedah and Terengganu to BN. Very soon this “barua's” party will be completely wiped out.
 
Why should he be so angry to use such a denigrating word on his own party members? If the MB's post goes back to Pakatan of which PAS is a part of it, as president of the component party he should be happy.
 
It is as if this “barua” wants to hand over control of Selangor to Umno against the wishes of the citizens.
 
Has he an agenda of his own, or for another, Umno perhaps, to bring down Pakatan Rakyat? Or his hatred for PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, unknown till now, had got him unbalanced?
 We know he is medically unwell and he is not likely to remain as president for long; so was this his last ‘bravo’, silly as it is, to severe his ties with the Pakatan partners?
Hadi is behaving like disgraced US president Richard Nixon. As head of PAS, he thinks he can do no wrong.He makes his own rules. He breaks ranks with his coalition partners. He overrules his central committee and acts unilaterally. He goes back on his words by submitting two PAS candidates for MB after assuring the public PAS was not after the MB’s post.He acts like a thug setting his attack dogs on everyone who is against him, including his own party moderates.He attacks his own Aduns (state representatives) who acted to protect the interests of Pakatan and Selangorians. He is willing to go to war with everyone to justify his wrongdoings.There can be no graceful retirement for Hadi. Like Nixon, he must resign. Or he must be kicked out.

A leading American academic, however, offers a glimmer of hope for western politicians wishing to find a way out of the maze. Many Iranians are increasingly questioning the role of clerics in politics and believe that the country would be better served if they stayed out of politics.
Many Iranians are also staunch nationalists who think first of their country and wish to see it play a bigger role in the region, unlike religious zealots or Islamists.
Jon B Alterman, senior vice-president, Middle East programme director and Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security & Geostrategy at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, also says that not all Iranians, even within the government and the political parties, can be tagged as Islamic fundamentalists. The common western perception about Iran is one of a group of religious zealots who wish to bring about armageddon.
That view may not be entirely correct, Mr Alterman says, adding that many Iranians are fervent nationalists who take pride in their history and believe that the country has been shortchanged by the Shah administration, which ruled the country before the Revolution in 1979.
“There are more Iranian nationalists than anybody gives them credit for being. A lot of them are about Iran and they are nationalists and they think of their imperial history, about their role in the region. I read Qasem Suleimani, despite the fact he heads the Quds force, which is named after Jerusalem, as a nationalist through and through.”
Mr Alterman says he believes that many of the problems in dealing with Iran stem from that country’s preoccupation with a sense of weakness. As a former empire, they believe they have not been allotted their rightful due. “They are terrified that a deal (nuclear agreement with the US) will reveal them to be even weaker than they are rather than the position they would like to be as a near peer of the US. As soon as you make a deal that would make them drop down. That becomes a self-defeating proposition and their isolation from the world makes them progressively weaker which makes them progressively more anxious about the possibility of an agreement which then becomes a cycle.”
Mr Alterman also believes that many Iranians are now starting to question the hold of clergy in politics. They believe that Iran will be best served by having a clergy that plays no role in politics.
“It argues that clerics should stick to God and politicians to politics,” he added. “There is strong a view in the clerical establishment in Qom (major religious city in Iran) that clerics have to get out of politics.” It has not enhanced status of the country, it has not increased religious population, more youngster turning away from religion. “Is Iran best served by having clerics playing the role they play? They tend to be of a certain generation and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the system in Iran undergoes a certain transformation in the coming years.”
 
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pas Fishing in Troubled Palace waters Peolpe wields power to rule not PAS aided Palace?

Selangor BN liaison committee chairperson Noh Omar joined several hundreds at a gathering to support the sultan over the menteri besar crisis.

A few hundred people demonstrated in Shah Alam today to show support for the Selangor Sultan ahead of Tuesday's expected swearing-in of the state's new menteri besar,  Malaysiakini reported.


PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang faces objections from his own party men over his proposal that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali's name be submitted as a candidate for the Selangor Menteri Besar's post. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 26, 2014.
   The Hadi gang can join UMNO ... now  Overriding the constitution is the order of the day in the planet of the apes full of  Real traitors  It is so easy to see the problem PAS faces and the confusion they created among themselves!..."To many cooks, spoil the soup". Why don't they for politicall decisions leave it to their Central Working Committee (CWC). If PAS did not reform their unstable management and did not learn from this debacle, they do not deserve to march with PR.
Earlier in August, Hadi insisted on waiting for all the Central Committee (CC) members to be free to attend a meeting to decide on Khalid Ibrahim. This was eventhough the delay grealy damaged PR. Hadi's respect for the CC was at a high level then. After the CC made a decision that was reportedly against Hadi's personal preference, the CC suddenly became unimportant to Hadi anymore. The decision made by the CC to nominate only Wan Azizah and Azmin for MB, was ignored. Hadi had a chance to repudiate that decision earlier but didn't, lettng the CC believe he would comply. There was no urgency for Hadi to make a decision about his letter to HRH without reverting to the CC. So his unilateral action seems premeditated, making his action indefensible. The Syura Council itself overplayed their hand in their support for Hadi's action and exposed their complicity in this turn of events, making one wonder if Khalid Ibrahim was actually the catspaw for a faction in PAS working for UMNO's benefit.


It said the group, which calls itself Gerak Daulat, gathered at Section 16 in Shah Alam wearing yellow clothing, the colour of the monarchy.


The rally was aimed at showing unity and loyalty to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who has been playing a prominent role in the Selangor menteri besar crisis, the news portal reported.


PAS information chief Mahfuz Omar has admitted that he is facing the daunting task of repairing the image of PAS which has been dented in recent months.

The past week had seen the Selangor palace making a surprise announcement that the swearing-in ceremony of the new menteri besar would be held this Tuesday, without revealing who had been chosen for the post.

This follows the palace's request to Pakatan Rakyat parties to submit more than two names as candidates for the top post – an issue which has PAS breaking ranks with PKR and DAP by nominating three names instead of submitting the name of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.


This is despite Dr Wan Azizah having received the majority of support in the legislative assembly from 30 assembly members.


The sultan reprimanded PKR and DAP for submitting only Dr Wan Azizah's name, and both parties have since apologised.


The sultan issued a second reprimand, this time to opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for saying that Barisan Nasional governments had always submitted only one name for the menteri besar's post since independence.


The Selangor Royal Council, an advisory body to the sultan, is said to be meeting today to decide on the new menteri besar.


Who needs a state government in Selangor who wields the ultimate power to rule: the people or the monarch?

Samson, the mythical Israeli, who was born with the strength to rip apart a lion with his bare hands, loses it all, when Delilah, an unreliable female “partner”, in whom he confides that the source of his strength lay in his long hair, cuts them off, in exchange for “blood money” from his enemies, whilst he is asleep.Possibly learning from Samson, 


The PAS' legal and human rights bureau (Luham) said that its president and syura council had breached the party constitution in their conduct in the Selangor menteri besar saga. Hadi Awang is facing revolt in Pas. Unfortunately the sick Nik Azia has somehow been duped. Whatever it is the rule prevails. More and more will speak up. Adli Zahari and LUHAM have started the move. This Ilmuan group only comes up in times like this and we know it is Hadi and gang who wake them up from their sleep PAS is not in the wrong side but the recalcitrant members in the syura council,ulama and the CC. NOW lets think in depth....the spoken words of a president is very powerful and policies make wrongly and judgement make wrongly can affect the life and death of PAS here. the question is why is President Hadi said and done contrary to PR council decision on the agreed choice of wan azizah. the question is why hadi got to stand so firm to side khalid that He knows what are the outcomes of his sole discretion make to himself .PAS and PR.why is hadi flying the PAS plane to hijack PR to points of no return? the turning point of all these was after hadi fell sick in turkey and after PM najib visitied hadi in istanbul hospital.from there matters began to take 360 degree turn plus so many U TURNS make by HADI.READMORE Abdul Hadi Awang Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. good “deal” makers with fatal UMNO


Do not let the sultan set a precedent in our constitutional monarchy. Perak took the first step and now Selangor? Next will be Putrajaya.

A PM from minority BN in Parliament will be named one day. After all, we are already one step there with a ‘48 percent’ PM.
The purpose of elections is for the people to vote for a government of their choice with their own choice of MB. It is not healthy for any party to manipulate and decide and choose the MB for Selangor.

In an absolute monarchy like Brunei, the people do not have a choice. But in a constitutional monarchy like Malaysia, the sultan has to follow the constitution and endorse the choice of the people.

 it's wishful thinking. But let me say this: the future begins with a thought. Then an action plan. Next, execution. And finally, reality. 
PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the first woman PM in the history of our nation after party de factoleader Anwar Ibrahim sent to prison.So, as the adage goes - he who laughs last, laughs the loudest. And PAS? Just let them remain in the rural heartland where they truly belong.

 The state constitution and parliamentary democracy must be observed by all.
 If Azmin is loyal to his party, he should declare now that he will not accept the MB's post if offered.

That is what his colleague Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad had done. He instantly and respectfully declined a reported suggestion from PAS that he be named as an alternative nominee to Wan Azizah in order to appease the sultan.

Apart from the issue of loyalty, a vital principle of democracy is at stake here. Is it appropriate for the sultan to veto the ruling coalition's choice of its leader to lead the state government?

If yes, does it not mean that the sultan has the power to over-rule perhaps the most important political decision made by the ruling coalition? And does that not mean that the sultan is exercising direct executive power, over-lording political parties?

Isn't such political involvement by the monarch considered a cardinal breach of the principles of constitutional monarchy in a parliamentary democracy?

In short, who wields the ultimate power to rule: the people or the monarch?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Unprecedented constitutional monarchy to re-enter active politics?

 We, the Rakyat shall not forget what the sultan of Selangor is doing. Time is not an empty space. We shall remember and repay you back in kind for your deeds to the Rakyat. Thank you, your Highness for being our guidance in navigating through this crisis. We would not have been able to do so without you. We all need a closure to this saga and thank you once again for having the power to put an end to it all. We the Rakyat might not be in complete abeyance with your choice of the next MB but who cares. What we want is an end of this circus. So so sorry to have impinge upon your precious time. Let us get rid of State Assemblies as they are playing the role of ceremonial figures rather than vice versa. First Perak and now Selangor! Political sabotage through manipulation.when the Palace declares war on the rakyat. Wan Azizah is the popular candidate for the MB post, having won the Kajang by-election with a resounding majority  Remember there is no escaping from the almighty - tomorrow maybe your last day especially for all those who have erred.Why is there so much HATE and SCORN towards this lady?? What great sin has she committed?? by being the wife of Anuar. Why has she to pay this heavy price?? Must she suffer for any wrong that Anuar committed.Has she not suffered enough bringing up here children and struggling during Anuar's time in prison?? I hope Eternal judgement will be on those who hate and punish her. Just my thoughts on the Selangor MB issue
After so many writing by people and law experts yet the palace had interview 3 others and snub Puan WAN> Its now sure Puan WAN will not be MB. Maybe it AZMIN. If PKR agree with Anwar and Puan Wan then its AZMIN should show his worth.After all 31/2 is no ver long from now.Next election PAs will hae a hard fought battle with DAP gaining more then 15 seats.If PKR solid work more then 13 seats.PAS may have to fight UMNO in all malays seats and maybe lose out by 7 seats.Pr will be able to win more seats after what happen to Puan Wan.People will not forget She was rob of her right esp PAS>HADI.If god willing Puan wan then will again name next MB. I am truely surprise in Malaysia Gender a issue forgetting rule of law n constitution out of the window.SAD DAY for all Malaysian woman.Now PAS woman want higher post not a decorative piece to serve tea.The change will happen that too soon. If PAS selected take the risk of no confidence vote or seek SNAP election which will put PR on greater height
If a precedent is set when a majority-supported candidate is not chosen to be the MB there is no turning back for future decisions for similar situation.PKR and the people may have to accept the inevitability but that doesn’t mean that‘unpopular’ decision will be forgotten.Politicians come and go;it means nothing even if they were insulted,rebuffed or seen to be irreverent,but royalty as an institution is here to stay.Therefore any decision made by the royalty must be carefully taken;especially the one that seems not being with the people,it can slowly erode the support of the institution itself.You don’t see the adverse reaction in short term but as time passes questions may asked of the institution.As younger generation,more educated than their parents,who know not of the history of the sultanates one day may ask the‘pertinent’ question.This important decision to be made by the sultan has future implication not only affecting Selangor state but the institution itself.a majority in the state assembly excluded while three people with no majority is called for interview. Let the show begin. If the person selected accepts the post, let PKR and DAP call for a vote of no confidence and see what happens. It seems the constitution is turned upside down by HRH. Looks like the sultan wans us to return to the feudal system where the sultan has absolute powers.It should be obvious to the Sultan that the three candidates can't command the confidence of the majority. Azmin can command the confidence of the majority only if Anwar supports him. The Sultan interviewing the three candidates is not a scoop. It’s not exclusive. All media should have been informed by the palace. There’s a lack of transparency and accountability.
No matter what, PKR and DAP must not allow PAS to take the M.B post. Its better to have a vote of no confidence and go for a snap election. It appears that PAS has betrayed PAkatan by submitting two PAS names.And it was long planned by UMNO that a PAS member be selected by HRH to be M.B. This will contribute to the inevitable breakup of the Pakatan coalition.No wonder Hadi suddenly make a u turn knowing that if a PAS candidate is selected he will need the support of PKR and DAP. That's why in his speech he warned both PKR and DAP not to betray PAS. Meaning if PAS candidate got selected he expect PKR and DAP to support their candidate.
Just desolve assembly and have fresh election for Selangor. The constitution must be supreme, or else is dog eat dog world. PAS is a real bastard in this issue. PAS can go to hell, will not vote PAS anymore. PAS you think you can rule another state, dream on. You will even lose Kelantan come GE1
One of the disadvantages of being around for a while is that you can’t be easily fooled. That’s the privilege of the young and inexperienced who are often waylaid by hope. Niccolo Machiavelli, the canny philosopher, said that those who deceive will always find those who are ready to be deceived. They are drawn to each other like moths to a flame.
But before I step away from the man who fathered modern political theory, I would like to quote him once more. Even though he lived in 15th century Florence, Machiavelli got the idiom of our politics just right. A promise given was a political necessity of the past, he said; the word broken is a political necessity of the present.But if our past was so great, if our leaders were so wonderful, our culture was so rich, how come we are in such a mess today? How come every time we boast about our achievements, we only wallow in shallow nostalgia? We are constantly copying others or ourselves.

Sultan of Selangor and Khalid
How the soap opera unfolds from here will ultimately depend on how convention has been tempered by the precedent set in 2008 and the wisdom of the Sultan.
The issue  before us is whether the discretion to appoint Dato Seri  Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is still with HRH Tuanku Sultan of Selangor. University of Malaya Law Professor Gurdial Singh Nijhar says that HRH has little choice but to appoint her as the new Menteri Besar since she commands the support of 43 out of the 56 members of Dewan Undangan Negeri (State Legislative Assembly) in accordance with Article 53(2)(a) of the Constitution of the State of Selangor. In truth, HRH has the option to ask for additional nominees before he makes up his mind. It cannot be ruled out since that is his Royal prerogative.
Selangor Constitution


PAS has wittingly or unwittingly put the Sultan in the delicate position of having to accept either candidate against the provisions of the State Constitution, or go against the majority of the legislative assembly and, by extension, the rakyat. To circumvent the Hobson’s choice above by a dissolution of the legislature would be most unpopular as the house is still overwhelmingly dominated by Pakatan Rakyat, unlike the hung Perak State Assembly in 2009. Even then the house was not dissolved.Put the blame squarely on the hypocrites in PAS for not being able to work under a woman MB. It is a blessing in disguise for exposing PAS for what they really are, a bunch of kampong coconuts masquerading as political leaders in 21st Century Malaysia. There is no place for them here. They should be riding some stinking camels somewhere in Arabia.And if they start taking graven images with their iPhones, (which is forbidden in the Quran), and wave their PAS flags around, (which has the forbidden image of the Moon on it), they are surely bound for Hell.
To complicate matters even more, Section 53.4 of the State Constitution states that, “In appointing a Menteri Besar, His Highness may in his discretion dispense with any provision in this Constitution restricting his choice of a Menteri Besar, if in his opinion it is necessary to do so in order to comply with the provisions of this Article.”
The Hobson’s choice becomes a Gordian knot when Section 53.3 is read in conjunction with Section 53.4, because discretionary powers are granted the Sovereign Ruler to reject any provisions of the constitution in order to fulfil the spirit of the article.

Dr Bari  is of the view that the idea of “discretion” being bandied about by PAS and the public is not an “absolute discretion”. He says that the discretion exercisable by the sovereign ruler should be viewed in the context of democracy and a responsible government, and thus the provisions of the State Constitution still hold true.


“But when the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. If any of them should happen to propose a scheme of liberty, soberly limited, and defined with proper qualifications, he will be immediately outbid by his competitors, who will produce something more splendidly popular. Suspicions will be raised of his fidelity to his cause. Moderation will be stigmatized as the virtue of cowards; and compromise as the prudence of traitors; until, in hopes of preserving the credit which may enable him to temper, and moderate, on some occasions, the popular leader is obliged to become active in propagating doctrines, and establishing powers, that will afterwards defeat any sober purpose at which he ultimately might have aimed.”

― Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Anwar: We respect Sultan's request but PR to stick to Azizah only


On Constitutional MonarchyThe rights to be consulted, to encourage and to warn
Walter Bagehot famously wrote in The English Constitution (1867) that the British monarch has three rights: the rights to be consulted, to encourage and to warn.
“To state the matter shortly, the sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights — the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others. He would find that his having no others would enable him to use these with singular effect. He would say to his minister: “The responsibility of these measures is upon you. Whatever you think best must be done. Whatever you think best shall have my full and effectual support. But you will observe that for this reason and that reason what you propose to do is bad; for this reason and that reason what you do not propose is better. I do not oppose, it is my duty not to oppose; but observe that I warn.” Supposing the king to be right, and to have what kings often have, the gift of effectual expression, he could not help moving his minister. He might not always turn his course, but he would always trouble his mind.
The disquiet expressed by the palace over remarks regarding the Selangor menteri besar (MB) crisis is perfectly understandable, and to some extent, even justified.

The limits of a monarch’s discretionary powers in a functioning democracy has exercised the minds of many a constitutional lawyer the world over. The debate always intensifies and burnishes when there is intense political contestation; and a party feels that its mandate, so painstakingly won through elections, may be at stake.

Our own courts have several times adjudicated on the legality and propriety of a ruler’s exercise of discretionary power. Malaysian law reports attest to the abundant legal jurisprudence in this regard.



Indeed as recently as 2010, our highest Federal Court in the case of the two MBs – Nizar v Zambry – solemnly pronounced on the limits of a monarch’s discretion; and when and how the royal prerogative in the choice of MB should be properly exercised.
This is the precise question that is presented in the present episode. Not surprisingly then, this has ignited a rather animated debate; in the course of which, no doubt, considerable heat has been generated.

And this is how it should be. As the palace statement, with respect, correctly points out: "The sultan wants someone who will take care of the rakyat's needs and develop Selangor to higher levels".

And what better way to gauge the “rakyat’s needs” than have the rakyat itself provide its feedback – through the media and other recognised channels.

The rakyat chose the party that must govern. And their expectations as to who must helm the government to develop the state “to higher levels” must rank at par with that of the ruler’s.

That’s why an orderly and smooth transition – consonant with respect for the "constitution and established conventions", which is how the Federal Court phrased it in the Nizar case, is vital. And that, precisely, is what is being advanced.

In this context, it may be felt by some that the extension of the tenure of an MB who tendered his resignation on the basis that he had lost the support of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly – may be at odds with conventional practice and our judicial pronouncements.

Our Federal Court said that once this loss of majority confidence is made clear, then resignation must follow; indeed the Chief Judge said if the MB refuses to tender his resignation (as happened in the Perak case) “... the fact remains that the executive council is dissolved (which include the Menteri Besar) on account of the MB losing the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly”.

The Court went on to say: “Therefore, it is not necessary for the DYMM Sultan of Perak to remove Nizar and other members of the executive council”. In short the MB and his exco lose all legitimacy to continue to govern.

The challenging constitutional poser then is: in the light of this clear statement of the law, can the power to govern be extended? Indeed an intriguingly novel question.

Perhaps we can refer then to constitutional conventions established by the country on which our Westminster model of the constitution was crafted.

An authoritative constitutional authority says this, of the practice in England: “In the event of... resignation of the Prime Minister, the governing party would doubtless expedite its election procedures. If there were still to be substantial delay before a successor could be chosen, the Cabinet could be expected to bring forward a minister who would assume temporary leadership of the government, the Queen being invited to confirm his or her authority to act. Otherwise the Queen might call on the deputy Prime Minister or, if there were none, the Minister ranking highest in precedence to take this responsibility”.

Practically, this convention seems to suggest that it may not be quite appropriate to appoint in the interim a person who has lost majority support of the members of the assembly.


For then in whose name does the person rejected by majority of the assembly and the exco, rule?


In the course of a long reign a sagacious king would acquire an experience with which few ministers could contend. The king could say: “Have you referred to the transactions which happened during such and such an administration, I think about fourteen years ago? They afford an instructive example of the bad results which are sure to attend the policy which you propose. You did not at that time take so prominent a part in public life as you now do, and it is possible you do not fully remember all the events. I should recommend you to recur to them, and to discuss them with your older colleagues who took part in them. It is unwise to recommence a policy which so lately worked so ill.” The king would indeed have the advantage which a permanent under-secretary has over his superior the parliamentary secretary — that of having shared in the proceedings of the previous parliamentary secretaries. These proceedings were part of his own life; occupied the best of his thoughts, gave him perhaps anxiety, perhaps pleasure, were commenced in spite of his dissuasion, or were sanctioned by his approval.
The parliamentary secretary vaguely remembers that something was done in the time of some of his predecessors, when he very likely did not know the least or care the least about that sort of public business. He has to begin by learning painfully and imperfectly what the permanent secretary knows by clear and instant memory. No doubt a parliamentary secretary always can, and sometimes does, silence his subordinate by the tacit might of his superior dignity. He says: “I do not think there is much in all that. Many errors were committed at the time you refer to which we need not now discuss.”
A pompous man easily sweeps away the suggestions of those beneath him. But though a minister may so deal with his subordinate, he cannot so deal with his king. The social force of admitted superiority by which he overturned his under-secretary is now not with him, but against him. He has no longer to regard the deferential hints of an acknowledged inferior, but to answer the arguments of a superior to whom he has himself to be respectful. George III in fact knew the forms of public business as well or better than any statesman of his time. If, in addition to his capacity as a man of business and to his industry, he had possessed the higher faculties of a discerning statesman, his influence would have been despotic. The old Constitution of England undoubtedly gave a sort of power to the Crown which our present Constitution does not give. While a majority in parliament was principally purchased by royal patronage, the king was a party to the bargain either with his minister or without his minister. But even under our present constitution a monarch like George III, with high abilities, would possess the greatest influence….
It would be childish to suppose that a conference between a minister and his sovereign can ever be a conference of pure argument. “The divinity which doth hedge a king” may have less sanctity than it had, but it still has much sanctity. No one, or scarcely any one, can argue with a cabinet minister in his own room as well as he would argue with another man in another room. He cannot make his own points as well; he cannot unmake as well the points presented to him. A monarch’s room is worse…. He will not refute the bad arguments of the king as he will refute another man’s bad arguments. He will not state his own best argument effectively and incisively when he knows that the king would not like to hear them. In a nearly balanced argument the king must always have the better, and in politics many most important arguments are nearly balanced. Whenever there was much to be said for the king’s opinion it would have its full weight; whatever was said for the minister’s opinion; would only have a lessened and enfeebled weight.”
To this day, Halsbury’s Laws continues to recognise these rights:

“[The Queen] still has the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, and the right to warn. However, she also has the right to offer, on her own initiative, suggestions and advice to her ministers even when she is obliged in the last resort to accept the formal advice tendered to 
Playfair In Islam, the first point of reference for guidance is the Al Quran. If the signs (ayat) are unambiguous, there is no further need to refer to the Sunnah of our Nabi (SAW) or the Hadis. There are similar analogies in secular systems and institutions. May Allah SWT give us the wisdom for us to be deserving of His ar Rahman and nir Raheem.It is not PAS as a whole, but only Hadi together with his gang of wolves clad in sheep skin are doing the internal sabotage within PAS and PR as instructed by their UMNO boss.PAS must also be reminded that the names that they submitted must have the support of the majority. They just can't simply give 3 names just to satisfy the palace.

after what Pas (and specifically Hadi) has done to destroy PR, you still want to plead with them? I say, lose Selangor (the battle) and win Putrajaya (the war) in the longer term. You have established yourself as the ICON of change for a better Malaysia whether you a free man or otherwise. Don't destroy the hopes and aspirations of the right-thinking rakyat just to keep Selangor. A far superior option is to let the Selangor assembly dissolved and together with DAP test your strength and the impact of the temporary set-back this fiasco has caused the PR coalition (now minus Pas). Better to be a credible opposition (after the snap election in Selangor) than having to compromise on the principles that PR had promised the rakyat. And what makes you think that Pas won't stick the knife into you again when you least expect it in the future if they are still with PR?

Salvaging Islam from quacks like Abdul Hadi Awang the Islamic scholar is anything but plain 'Stupid'

 a Pakatan component party leader Hadi Awang who had betrayed Pakatan right and left and secretly met with the Selangor sultan without the knowledge of DAP and PKR leaders, now has the guts to demand DAP and PKR not to betray Pakatan?What Hadi said is in my opinion akin to killing somebody and then demanding the deceased's next-of-kin not to charge him in court. If this is the mentality that Hadi has, then what future is there for PAS to be a partner in Pakatan and the road to Putrajaya? Hadi, this unity  non-Muslims/Malays (and moderate ones) are going to punish PAS. If they by default vote for BN, Pakatan Rakyat is royally screwed in Selangor. All thanks to PAS.In the end, if true that Hadi is not interested in working with Umno, then the singular motive is to become PM. He cannot have Wan Azizah become MB because then the political convention is forever altered to allow for a woman leader.After GE14, DAP and PKR will want Wan Azizah to be PM and Hadi will never become one. So this is all about him becoming PM. It's just as good as betraying Pakatan because no voter expects Hadi to become PM.government notion and the MB imbroglio was started by that PAS think-tank chief Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki. It was not denied that you did consider this option
.Addressing PAS members at the general assembly today, Hadi says he was only following the party's principles in doing things differently than its Pakatan Rakyat partners in handling the Selangor MB issue. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 20, 2014.
Soo Jin Hou: I used my own money to fly back from Hong Kong to vote for a PAS candidate.  After this betrayal, you are on your own, PAS.Once bitten twice shy, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
Sabotage of PKR's candidate in the Kota Damansara seat in 2013, resulting in a win for Umno-BN. Pakatan held that seat in 2008.

2) The unity government was mooted in 2008 where he and his cohorts were in favour of that arrangement but backed down due to lack of support.

3) The recent admission of recruiting a PKR leader (PKR deputy leader Azmin Ali) to jump ship by offering the MB’s post to him, a clear sign of betrayal to its partners in PR.

4) His uncooperative stand with regards to the Selangor MB crisis.

5) The nomination of party members for the MB’s post though outwardly saying that PAS is not keen for the post. Hypocritical indeed.

6) Losing Terengganu and Kedah to BN under his presidency.

Are we naive to believe your speech? Nay.

After creating so much havoc in Selangor and acting like a good Umno lackey in strongly opposing the appointment of PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the Selangor MB, even though she has the majority support, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang now says he will not form a unity government with Umno.
 another trick by Hadi to avoid a no-confidence vote against him at the PAS muktamar in Johor. The only cause of the current MB fiasco and its further prolongation is Hadi and PAS.
But his actions and his very unreasonable strong opposition to Wan Azizah’s appointment speaks much louder than his current words of not uniting with Umno. Indeed, the current crisis in Selangor with regards to the MB’s post could have been settled had PAS supported Wan Azizah for the post in a united stand with PKR and DAP.When you discovered your favourite boy (PKR deputy leader Azmin Ali) in Pakatan was not playing ball with you, you went berserk. Hadi, you are a PAS leader, you know Khalid Ibrahim is now an Independent, yet you and your ulama colleagues still wants him to be MB.
 
You even have the cheek to tell us in Selangor that you will prop up his weaknesses. You mean you have that much influence over Khalid?

 
The problem is PAS is playing two sides. Hadi, you are the one who betrayed Pakatan, not the other way around. With your flip-flop decisions, you even betrayed your own colleagues in the party’s central working committee (CWC) that decided to support Wan Azizah as MB.
 
You ignored the majority voice of your own CWC members. PAS should ask him to leave and retire if PAS wants to move forward and obtain support from non-Muslims. But the way it is going, even the Muslims are beginning to be doubtful about PAS.

 
Hadi’s actions have clearly revealed that if he continues to stay in Pakatan Rakyat, he will be an Umno Trojan horse and a great liability to Pakatan.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said he could not just stand by and follow the conduct of its partners in Pakatan Rakyat during the Selangor Menteri Besar crisis.
He said instead, the party had its own principles and beliefs that determined how it dealt with the Selangor Sultan that differed from PKR and DAP.
Although he did not explicitly refer to it, Hadi is believed to be talking about how he sent more than one name to the Selangor Sultan intead of one name as done by PKR and DAP.
 Hadi's words, no to unity govt, is not worth the spit of our disgust. There is no way one can believe Hadi who has been doubletalking, making u-turns, employing roundabout logic and arguments and finally even gostan on his earlier assurance that PAS is not eyeing the MB post when he submitted PAS names to the sultan. Hadi is a lying mongrel dressed in white. Even religion can't unify them so what's next... Hadi will become like DAP's Lee Lam Thye, a BN tool for deception. What a mess to demolish a long serving party who have claimed the most non malay support in the last GE13..This is another trick by Hadi to avoid a no-confidence vote against him at the PAS muktamar in Johor. The only cause of the current MB fiasco and its further prolongation is Hadi and PAS.


PAS's powerful Muslim scholars wing wants the party to accept the Selangor menteri besar's post if that is the choice of the state ruler, a move which shows that the party's rifts over the issue are likely to get worse.

The moderates in PAS did not stage a walk out during the presidential speech.  This shows who is doing the right thing.

It is a shame for those 70 PAS Youth members to show disrespect for the deputy president. What is so wrong about Mohamad Sabu? The fact he dares to speak out what he thinks is wrong, goes to show his courageous side, which a party like PAS desperately needs.

Mohd Sabu may be right or wrong in his stand. Instead of blindly supporting Hadi who could very well be wrong, these youth members should listen to what their deputy president got to say and if they don't agree, question him. Why walk out?

Is that what Hadi refers to as Islamic principles?
Take a bow, Hanipa Maidin, Mohd Sany Abdullah, Wan Kharizal Wan Khazim and their ilk.

These men refused to be cowed into silence or beaten into submission by the boos, walkouts and thuggish behaviour by a segment of delegates at the PAS muktamar this week.

They urged their party men to think carefully before accepting the position of menteri besar of Selangor, pointing out that it would betrayal of trust of their Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, not to mention setting in motion the demise of the coalition.


The most erudite of the lot was Hanipa, the party's legal chief and perhaps the one individual who should be an example for Malaysians in this period of bullying and intimidation.

It would have been much easier and rewarding for him to have stuck to the party line offered by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and the hardliners. But no, he did not choose the easy way out.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that he has stood up to the hardliners in meetings as the crisis over the Selangor MB's position escalated.

All the while pointing out that the MB's position in Selangor is PKR's. And, therefore, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's replacement must come from the party.

Hanipa has also stated on a number of occasions the undisputed fact of Malaysian politics: that the MB must enjoy the majority support of the state assembly.

He is on solid ground here because the Federal Court in the Perak power grab laid down the rule.

At the PAS muktamar, Hanipa was booed roundly by supporters of the so-called ulama class when he made three points about the party accepting the MB's position.

One, the MB's position in Selangor belongs to PKR.

Two, a PAS MB would not enjoy the support of PKR and DAP and would lead a fragile state government.

"If we accept, we cannot run from the accusations that we have broken our promise," he said.

Third, accepting the MB's position would lead to the break-up of PR.

Throughout his speech, he was heckled. But he did not lose his calm, pointing out that he was just stating the facts.

In the final analysis, Hanipa, Sany and the others who urged PAS to act justly and reject the MB's position did not appear to have done enough to prick the conscience of the party's growing band of ambitious zealots.

But what is really admirable is that they tried. They did not go with the flow. They did not succumb the threats and intimidation. They did not choose to stay silent on the sidelines.

They spoke up.

A damn good example for Malaysians.

The men of expediency and convenience

But there is a section in PAS that believe otherwise. That political expediency must win over anything else, even a pledge or vow with your allies.

Some of these men inhabit the powerful Muslim scholars’ wing of PAS, they who lead the Islamist party's spiritual path.

They would want you to believe the notion that without them, PAS would be blind just as without the professionals, the party would limp along.

Their foresight and piety, however, masks something else. It masks their political ambition to rule over Malaysians in the only way they see fit.

That they are the guides to a better and more spiritual path.

That no one else will do, especially if it is a woman.

Today, one of them, PAS Dewan Ulama acting deputy chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed said the party should accept whoever the Selangor palace has chosen to avoid angering the state ruler.

"If the menteri besar is from PKR we should accept. If the menteri besar is from PAS we should also accept.

"We already have one enemy, Umno. We should not add another enemy from the palace," he said at the muktamar today.

Expediency. Convenience. All that over political bonds and friendship forged in two elections.

To hell with pacts made and agreements signed. Do anything, even repudiate all that, rather than anger the palace. The people who voted do not matter.

Because the voters are just sheep. And the ulama are the shepherds or guides who decide and cannot be questioned.

The thing is, these scholars have no business dictating their demands to the rest and sundry. PAS is in a partnership with two other parties and all three need to have mutual respect.

Just as it is wrong for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his ilk to decide the “Kajang move” unilaterally without consulting his allies, it is also wrong for PAS scholars to go their own way without taking their allies' interests into consideration.

Malaysians want politicians of character and integrity, not those with just naked lust for power and are willing to do anything to get that power.