KUALA LUMPUR: There should be no confusion over the appointment of the Johor mentri besar if all parties followed the state constitution, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Ayer Hitam MP said the Johor state constitution clearly stated the facts on the appointment of the mentri besar.
“It is clear in each of the provisions that the appointment of the mentri besar must receive the approval of the Sultan of Johor.
“The provisions of the state constitution must be adhered to by all,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby when asked to comment on the mentri besar appointment.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that the role of appointing the new Johor mentri besar resided with the party that won the election and not the Sultan of Johor because Malaysia practised a constitutional and not absolute monarchy.
Dr Mahathir’s remarks followed Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s statement telling certain quarters to stay out of the state’s affairs.
“Each state may have different ways of appointing their mentri besar but in the case of Johor, please refer to the state constitution,” said Dr Wee.