Dr M: Unethical to take Sultan to court

(The Star) The law allows for a Sultan to be brought to court, but ethically it is not good, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

“Ethically, it is not good, but lawfully, nothing can obstruct a person from suing (the Sultan).” he said.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on DAP national chairman Karpal Singh’s statement that Pakatan Rakyat would be taking legal action against the Sultan of Perak and the Barisan Nasional for proceeding with the swearing-in of Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as the new Mentri Besar.

When asked if the Malays would be upset with the legal suit, Dr Mahathir said as a Malay himself, he disagreed but, “there are many Malays now who are supporting Karpal”.

Inilah Melayu moden, saya ni orang tua (These are the modern Malays, I’m just an old man),” he added after witnessing the demo of a new Smartpool or swimming treadmill by Smartpools Sdn Bhd at the Mines Business Centre here yesterday.

On whether the Perak state assembly should have been dissolved, Dr Mahathir said the assembly should have met and decided on a vote of no confidence against Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as that is the only way to bring down a government.

“But if Nizar refuses to hold a sitting of the assembly, then no one can force him.

“However, he can’t put it off for a long because the assembly will need to convene to table the budget and such,” said Dr Mahathir.

On the crisis with Nizar’s refusal to resign and Dr Zambry’s new appointment, Dr Mahathir said Pakatan should prove their case if there was any breach of the constitution.