Sultan of Perak Must Get It Right – Allow Fresh Elections

Despite the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision today to recognise Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful menteri besar, the shameful event of illegal power grab is far from over.

From the Prime Minister Najib Razak’s initial reaction, the BN is like to challenge the decision, wisely or otherwise. The coalition might even call for an emergency sitting to cast a vote of no confidence against the menteri besar.

However, the decision will now put the legality of 7 May state assembly sitting under a microscope. It is possible that the appointment of MIC R. Ganesan as the new speaker is also not legal. Without being a legitimate menteri besar, can Zambry force through a vote of no confidence against the speaker and replace him with one of his own people? Is DAP Sivakumar still the rightful speaker?

Next, is Zambry’s government illegal too? Can Zambry be charged under the Criminal Procedure Code for impersonating the menteri besar, occupying his office and enjoying his perks and power?

This court ruling has a vast implication on BN. I have shared this view with a few friends that BN is likely going to face both moral and psychological deficit if it chooses to push ahead with the power grab. Morally, it is very difficult for the coalition to justify accepting the support of three tainted ‘independent’ assemblymen as the bulwark of its government. The legs supporting this new administration are too shaky and unreliable.