PM AAB insulted the King

by Loh Meng Kow

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the BERSIH gathering and petition were “tantamount to dragging the institution of the monarchy, and the king, into politics”.

PM AAB is underrating the wisdom of the King. When he makes his routine audience with the King before Cabinet meetings, what has PM AAB taken it to be? Does he consider it a chore having to brief the King on the affairs of the state, and the government plans of action? Does PM consider it a formality only, and that the King’s role was to spend time listening to what the PM had to say as though the PM was talking to a tape recorder, with no playback. The government was elected by only the majority of the population, but government actions affect all nationals who are equal subjects of the King. While the PM may be a PM for his family, or a sector of the population, the King has the welfare of the people of Malaysia at heart. Though the King does not directly implement policies, the King could offer his wisdom which the PM might not follow. We certainly have a thinking King.

The population is certain that the prime minister have not informed the King on the ways UMNO and his subordinate parties in BN rigged general elections. The people wanted to inform His Majesty the ways BN manipulated general election processes, and made suggestions on how the country could be saved from ruins. It is certainly the decision of the King to consider the course of action. To prejudge that the King would be dragged into politics is to belittle the position of His Majesty. The King is above party politics, and he is the symbol of the nation to whom all citizens pledge loyalty. The King could choose to advise the PM on the proper course of actions for the benefits of the nation. He could also invoke the constitutional authority invested in him as King. All such actions do not amount to involving in party politics.

The memorandum could be submitted in many channels. BERSIH informed the public that a memorandum would be submitted to the King with the advance information about the salient points to be included in the memorandum. BERSIH further informed the public that at the appointed hour, representatives of BERSH would proceed to the Palace to submit the memorandum, and the public could take the opportunity to indicate their agreement by their presence. Since there was no curfew declared in Kuala Lumpur on 10 November 2007, people are free to move around, wearing attire of any colour of their choice. FRU has obstructed traffics and misused its power to manhandle the public who moved peacefully, forcing them to divert from their destination.

The warning by PM AAB against the people coming to town on Saturday, and arbitrarily declaring the movement of people as illegal had indirectly given directive to the Police Force to use force illegally on the people. That action alone shows that the IGP was incapable to acting independently or utilizing his authorities appropriately.

DPM Najib said that the small number of people that turned up to support the memorandum paled in comparison to what the government, or was it UMNO, could organize. We know UMNO has the funds to organize gigantic picnic, or even government funds to advance party interest. The people who were in KL on Saturday came on their own, despite obstruction placed by the police. They did not go for free meals, like the open house organized by BN parties. They pay to tell BN enough is enough!

  1. #1 by ahkok1982 on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 7:49 am

    Well, what can you expect from a brainless PM…

    Anyway, I am wondering if what Muhyiddin said is true… as in if the Agong was in the palace that day or was he at some esquire competition.
    The reason why I have this doubt is because this claim has been going on for a few days now. If the Agong was really in the palace, wouldn’t such claims equate to an insult to the Agong himself? So what is the Agong going to do about it?

  2. #2 by k1980 on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 8:54 am

    And you call this a democracy? More like Kim Jong il’s “Democratic People’s Banana Republic”
    the drawing up of electoral boundaries is done so that Malays in UMNO voting areas have electorates with much smaller numbers of voters that those in PAS voting areas. Urban areas which vote for the opposition generally have huge numbers of voters for each electorate. This is called gerrymandering, a term which means manipulating electoral boundaries to favour one group of voters at the expense of others.

  3. #3 by Filibuster on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 9:24 am


    And this is exactly what Bersih is contesting, though whether gerrymendering is seen as a serious issue depends a lot on how the SPR is run (which could be changed if the Yang di Pertuan Agong takes action based on the memorandum). However, in such a theoratical situation, can anyone enlighten me as how can such “gerrymandering” be reversed? Or is it simply a case of reverting the lines back to an agreeable time period? (90s, 80s?)

  4. #4 by dawsheng on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 10:32 am

    The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the BERSIH gathering and petition were “tantamount to dragging the institution of the monarchy, and the king, into politics”.

    The institution of the monarchy and the King are part of the constitution which cannot exist without politics.

  5. #5 by undergrad2 on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 10:45 am

    “The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the BERSIH gathering and petition were “tantamount to dragging the institution of the monarchy, and the king, into politics” KIT

    Much as I hate to say so but the PM is right.

    However, he is wrong in failing to address the issue and the issue here is why are the BERSIH supporters turning to public demonstrations to make their point. The point is unless there are electoral reforms they feel the flawed electoral process will not put into power the political party supported by the majority of Malaysians – which is what democracy is all about.

    What’s more, he knows that!

    So look Mr. Prime Minister, Malaysians cannot be easily fooled by rhetoric.

  6. #6 by whitecoffee on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 11:08 am

    AAB must apologise to the king. He could be indirectly directing and reminding the king to stay out of politics. He has forgotten that Malaysia exist because the ruler gave their consent. His fear level is certainly rising !

  7. #7 by undergrad2 on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 11:49 am

    Wait a minute!

    How could it be “tantamount to dragging the institution of the monarchy, and the king, into politics”?

    In an election, the political party that wins the majority support of the electorate gets to run the government. But the role of the monarch is to protect the rakyat from the gross abuse of power by the executive. Now that is a non-partisan issue!

  8. #8 by akarmalaysian on Wednesday, 14 November 2007 - 5:11 pm

    small turnout…hmmm..this najib said it so confidently…u havent seen it all yet.we knw whr all the servicemen’s votes in the country go to or how they are distributed.dun be so sure of how this coming election will turn out….u might still win…in ur own ways but thr will be much difference for u to start packing and wondering whr u wanna go with ur submarines.

  9. #9 by Man_of_Honour on Thursday, 15 November 2007 - 1:28 am

    AAB is scared that’s why he made such a statement… Why would they react so stupidly?

    Simply, when you get hit, you’ll feel the pain… Obviously, they are guilty for misleading the country.

    I believe, our Royal Highness, the King and Sultans will be clear of their stand and do the necessary.

    Well, that’s our final chip!

  10. #10 by ktteokt on Friday, 16 November 2007 - 8:52 am

    Parliament exists in the name of the King and if the people cannot appeal to the king for justice, then whom shall they approach? The Prime Minister???

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