Raja of Perlis has the right to pick MB


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Mar 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Under the Perlis Constitution, it is the prerogative of the Raja of Perlis and not the Prime Minister to decide who commands the confidence of the majority and should be made Mentri Besar after the elections, said constitutional law expert Prof Shad Faruqi. 

He said this was clearly spelt out under article 39(2) of the State Constitution. 

Therefore, he said, it was unconstitutional for the Prime Minister to determine who would be mentri besar. 

“The Prime Minister cannot appoint the mentri besar. I’m sure it was not the intention of the Prime Minister to usurp the powers of the Raja of Perlis,” he said. 

Prof Shad pointed out that the Ruler did not have the absolute discretion in making his choice. 

He said it was only proper for the palace to pick someone who was the acknowledged political leader and had the confidence of the majority, rather than giving preference to someone the palace liked. 

“The palace shouldn’t be involved in politics. The Raja of Perlis should be above politics and not allow personal feelings to colour his judgment,” he said. 

He, however, stressed that if the palace was approached by people not wanting a particular candidate to lead their state, then it was only right for the Ruler to take this into account. 

Prof Shad said now that the appointment had been made, Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu could only be dismissed by the state assembly.  

Related Stories:Ruler picks Md Isa as Perlis MB Shahidan believes Radzi and Azmi behind it PM: Recommendation letter handed to Shahidan 

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Hisham: The world must fight fake news on Covid-19
Ousting of Ahmad Faizal may be due to past issues that upset Umno, claims Najib
Covid-19: Govt mulls reducing 14-day mandatory quarantine period for travellers arriving in Malaysia
Covid-19: Many new cases linked to clusters at construction sites in KL
State Pakatan leaders expected to have audience with Perak Ruler on Saturday (Dec 5)
Almost 500 clinics registered under Socso's Covid-19 screening programme, says MMA
Bersatu will stand with PAS and other Perikatan parties following no-confidence vote against Perak MB, says Hamzah
Two Sabah pig farms told to clean up act or risk being fined
Caretaker govt in power in Perak until new MB appointed, says Ahmad Faizal
Ismail Sabri: 412 nabbed for violating conditional MCO on Thursday (Dec 3)

Stories You'll Enjoy