Lawyer: King cannot sack PM based on declaration
The better way is by motion against the prime minister when Parliament is in session, as Citizens’ Declaration is merely a political statement, says Syahredzan.
(FMT) – The Yang di-Pertuan Agong cannot dismiss the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, from office unless Najib has lost the confidence of a majority of MPs, according to a constitutional lawyer.
Bar Council member Syahredzan Johan said the Federal Constitution does not contain any provision for the king to sack a sitting prime minister based on a petition or declaration by citizens.
“There must be evidence in the form of loss of confidence by Dewan Rakyat members,” Syahredzan told FMT in response to a report about former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad being granted an audience by the king at which Dr Mahathir handed over the Citizens’ Declaration, which is reported to bear 1.4 million signatures.
Syahredzan said a representation to the king if a head of government no longer enjoyed support in the legislature was a precedent adopted in Perak in 2009.
The 10-month-old government of Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was ousted after three state assembly members defected from Pakatan Rakyat and declared themselves as Barisan Nasional-friendly independents, giving BN a three-seat majority.