by: Raja Petra Kamarudin
Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng are both firing away until today with both guns blazing to demand that Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim resign from his post. This is in spite of His Royal Highness (HRH), the Sultan of Selangor’s very clear and very precise titah (royal command) for Khalid to not do anything or say anything until HRH is back in Malaysia on 27th August 2014.
What is wrong with these people?
Why do they insist that Khalid resign today itself and leave Selangor without a Menteri Besar for the next 11 days or so?
Are they saying that Selangor can function for the next 11 days without the need of a chief executive?
Who will be running the state then?
The Selangor Religious Department?
Or, do they think that if Khalid resigns today, then Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail can just walk into Khalid’s vacated office this Monday and start work as the new Menteri Besar of Selangor without the Sultan’s blessing and without having to be sworn in?
What if Khalid does resign today and Selangor is left without a Menteri Besar for the next 11 days, and when HRH returns on the 27th. he does not consent to Dr. Wan Azizah taking over as the new Menteri Besar?
HRH might reject Dr. Wan Azizah (you never know) and send Pakatan Rakyat home and ask them to come back later with two or three alternative names. Pakatan Rakyat will then have to call for a meeting and PKR, DAP and PAS will have to discuss the matter of the two or three other names and come to a consensus on the matter.
What if Pakatan Rakyat cannot reach a consensus and this disagreement drags on for another few weeks or even months? Who will be running Selangor in the meantime?
And, even if Pakatan Rakyat does come to a consensus and agree on two or three alternative names, but when these names are handed to HRH, there is still the possibility that HRH would reject these names and ask Pakatan Rakyat to go home and come back, yet again, with alternative names.
Demanding that Khalid resign immediately without resolving the next step — that is, who will
take over when he does resign — does not appear to be the type of thinking of sensible politicians.
Or, do they think that once Khalid resigns and Selangor is left without a Menteri Besar for the next 11 days, HRH can be pressured into just accepting Dr. Wan Azizah without further ado, because a gun would now be at HRH’s head.
I doubt, HRH can be blackmailed in that manner. HRH might just dissolve the Selangor state assembly seeing that the state no longer has a Menteri Besar for almost two weeks. What makes you think HRH can be blackmailed into accepting Dr Wan Azizah?
And all this talk by opposition leaders, NGOs, lawyers, etc., that Khalid lied to HRH and Khalid deceived HRH, and so on, is an insult to HRH. Are you suggesting that HRH is stupid and gullible? Are you saying that HRH does not have a brain in his head and Khalid can just pull the wool over HRH’s eyes and be taken for a ride and treated like a sucker?
This allegation actually hurts HRH more than it hurts Khalid. The opposition leaders, NGOs, lawyers, etc., are insinuating that Selangor has a stupid bumpkin for a Sultan.
I would be very careful about this continuous insult against HRH, lest HRH decides to refuse all requests for an audience until and unless all these people prostrate with their heads to the ground and beg forgiveness for their uncouth and arrogant comments.
And stop telling the Sultan to fuck off by demanding Khalid’s resignation. It is HRH who told Khalid to stay.
'Tidak sopan dan biadap',as the Malays would say. I think, the opposition and opposition NGOs and lawyers, are getting too big for their shoes. They think that, just because they won the state in 2008 and 2013 they no longer need to be civil towards the Palace.
Well, in that case, think again.