Monday, March 24, 2008

Sultans of Swing

As some flip-flop, attention is still centred on the tiny oil-rich sultanate of Terengganu where the palace and the politicians walk a tightrope between amity and anarchy.

There is an impasse that will take time to solve. The Sultan of Terengganu, as King of Malaysia, cannot interfere in the state Regency Council which has decided to appoint a chief minister who apparently does not have the majority support in the incoming state assembly.

Woe also to the ruling party's candidate who does not enjoy the support of the palace. Or from fellow UMNO division leaders who have now unsheathed daggers for the greater love of power than party.

Is there recalcitrance at both sides? What about the people of Terengganu? Didn't they decide to vote in a party that represents them in a constitutional monarchy? Isn't there any respect for them and their choice?

While some take delight in the Barisan Nasional's fall from grace, one must take cognisance of one fact. The Constitution is supreme and not the person on the throne.

There is respect for the throne for it is one of the stakeholders in Malaysia but people will come and go but not the constitution and the principles that led to the founding of this nation.

The Siber Party of Malaysia (M) believes that the sultans can swing, as others who think Penang is just Pak Lah's state and not Anwar Ibrahim's state - all things rotting from the days when he was the state UMNO chief.

But yes, Mahathir Mohamad said it well, "Melayu mudah lupa!"

We don't! The Siber Party of Malaysia (M) believes in a government of the people, by the people and for the people! And we shall swing from the rafters in defending that principle!


Rita said...

my fav politician is Dr. Mahathir... and i don't see a connection why the video posted in this post..

Jojo said...

nice post... when it comes to politics, everything is dirty

johnleemk said...

You might want to link to this article I wrote on why UMNO actually got this right (in a sense).