May 6, 2009

Tun Mahathir : Sultan has no power to remove MB

Tun Mahathir gave his opinion on the current MBs crisis in Perak. He said that the elected MB can only be removed by vote of no-confidence in the legislative assembly. However, he refused to comment when asked if he thought that Zambry's appointment was legitimate.

(Malaysiakini) Dr Mahathir Mohamad today delivered a potential hammer blow to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak by stating that an elected head of a state government cannot be removed by a sultan.

Instead, the former prime minister said that the elected head of a state government can only be removed by a vote of no-confidence in the legislative assembly.

However, Mahathir was quick to add that the situation in Perak was different.

While he did not explain how it was different, the former premier could have been alluding to the ongoing court case to determine the legitimate menteri besar in Perak.

The state has been undergoing political turmoil ever since the Perak sultan ordered the Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin to resign in February, following the coalition's drop in numbers in the assembly as a result of three defections.

The sultan had then agreed to the appointment of Barisan Nasional's Zambry Abd Kadir as menteri besar - a move which resulted in political and administrative chaos in the state.

A state assembly sitting is to take place tomorrow during which Zambry is expected to consolidate his position as the menteri besar.

However Pakatan representatives are equally adamant in that they will not give up power.

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