TTF: PAS is right (see news item below).
The idea of having Dr Mahathir Mohamad as interim Prime Minister is making a mockery of the Monarchical Institution. As a matter of fact, it makes a mockery of the people of Malaysia. It’s just as good as telling everyone that “Mahathir is not the guy who commands majority support in Parliament, but until we find that guy, we’ll just make do with him.”
If that’s the case, why should the Agong consent to the former premier being made Prime Minister at all?
Under the circumstances that Pakatan Harapan does win the election, why even consider a majority government when the crumbling coalition doesn’t seem to know who it trusts? Tell me, would it not be better to institute a minority government that is sure of the person it places confidence in? Seriously, who does Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang think the King is – a clown?
But perhaps they do think of the King as a clown.
I mean, these are the guys who went on record insulting our rulers on more than one occasion. In 2014, the senior Lim literally told Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor to go fly kites. Some weeks back, Mahathir returned two state awards he received from the ruler’s late father. In 1993 and 1994, the former premier amended the Federal Constitution to further reduce the powers and privileges of all rulers.
It is quite clear that the two Machiavellians are seeking an autocratic form of dictatorship devoid of the Monarchical Institution. The first thing Mahathir will do assuming he becomes Prime Minister is to amend laws to render our rulers insignificant. The next thing he’ll do is to legislate new laws that will see the end to all forms of opposition against government.
And finally, when he’s done all that, he will reinstate the ISA before getting people like Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak and me detained for an indefinite period that will be subject to his and Kit Siang’s discretion.
Yes, if Mahathir comes to power, I’ll be arrested.
KOTA BARU: To PAS the idea of appointing an interim Prime Minister as proposed by certain political parties should they win the 14th General Election (GE14), is unhealthy and unconstitutional.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the process of appointing the Prime Minister has already been set out in Article 43 of the Federal Constitution whereby the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is required to appoint a Cabinet to advise him in the exercise of his executive functions.
“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong must first appoint as Prime Minister a member of the Dewan Rakyat who in his opinion may have the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat members,” he said in a statement here today.
Takiyuddin said Article 40(2) allows the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to act on his own discretion in relation to the appointment of the Prime Minister without having to act in accordance with the advice of any party ie sole discretion in performing the function of appointing a Prime Minister.
He said based on the provisions, it was clear that after the GE14 the Yang di-Pertuan Agong could use this ‘special privilege’ to appoint one of the 222 members of the Parliament who in his judgement has the confidence of a majority of the Dewan Rakyat members.
It had been the practice in Malaysia that the Prime Minister would be appointed from among leaders of the party which has a majority of seats in parliament, he said.
He said in the event no one party won the majority or the number of seats still failed to form the government, PAS is of the opinion that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong would use his prerogative to choose someone from either the majority or minority party to be appointed as Prime Minister.
“Whatever the situation, having a ‘locum’ prime minister is not a good practice and is not reflective of a stable and strong government,” he said.
Source: The Malay Mail Online