Someone took exception to my posting of an article about Baginda Sultan Perak being blackmailed into handing over the state govt to Najib. I'd like to make my reply here for all to see, rather than let it be obscured in the comments section.
This Anon's assertion is that we can't prove that Baginda Sultan Perak was blackmailed.
Well of course we can't, dummy! You think blackmailers put ads in the papers?! Advertise to the world what they're doing?
"HEY, LOOK AT ME! I'M BUGGERING THE SULTAN!"
This is my reply to his last comment:
So, there's no proof whether the Sultan was blackmailed. There's also no proof that he wasn't! But there is such thing as circumstantial evidence. I'll lay it out for you one by one.
1st, we Perakians KNOW FOR SURE that such a decision is extremely uncharacteristic of our beloved Sultan Azlan Shah, a peon of discipline and integrity.
That's the first blow to the BN's claims of legitimacy via Royal assent.
2nd, Baginda Sultan overstepped his constitutional boundaries. Under the State Constitution, His Majesty is NOT allowed to fire the MB. But he did!
This is unthinkable for a for a former Lord President who even wrote a book about the roles of a Constitutional Monarch. Consider why, until THIS DAY, Baginda Sultan has not insisted that his command for YB Nizar to resign be followed - there is just no legal ground. And if His Majesty were to challenge YB Nizar will only expose Baginda Sultan to more Constitutional scandal!
3rd, why did Baginda Sultan allow a NOBODY FROM OUTSIDE PERAK i.e. Najib, dictate Perak politics to him? Najib was not an elected rep in Perak, he held no official post in the Perak govt. In fact, Najib had no stake at all in the Perak State govt.
Yet, inexplicably, Najib was allowed several audiences with Baginda and even given priority over the sitting MB of Perak. And Najib was given the verdict he wanted.
4th, Baginda's son, HRH Raja Nazrin made a well-received speech declaring that the Rulers must remain neutral and above politics. Yet, the very next day, Baginda Sultan chose one political side and discarded the other.
A neutral stance would be to break the deadlock by calling for an emergency State Assembly sitting so the normal political process can take place in disposing of a sitting government.
As a former Lord President, it's IMPOSSIBLE that the Perak Sultan did not know all this!
There are just too many questions why Baginda Sultan made such an unpopular decision, going against the law and principles of fairness. Again, all Perakians know that Sultan Azlan Shah is NOT this kind of fickle character!
There can only be one conclusion: somehow, Baginda Sultan was "convinced" to make a decision that was uncharacteristic, unconstitutional and unpopular. In a simple word - BLACKMAIL.
Anyway, I'm sure that Baginda Sultan knows that Najib is perfectly capable of blackmail. Remember how Bala immediately gave a totally opposite SD the day after he gave his first? Why? Sudden attack of conscience?
What you expect people to believe - that Bala suddenly developed a new conscience after having fish curry with the cops? That during the night, he got a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past and he suddenly realised that all statements relating to Najib in his 1st SD was wrong? (Never mind that his 2nd SD had so many holes after the amendments that it just didn't make sense at all!)
I'll bet Bala got a visit from a "spirit" all right. But it wasn't the Christmas Spirit - but a demon! And I'll bet the same demon also visited Sultan Azlan Shah (twice in one day!) and managed to "convince" His Majesty of a few things that "coincidentally" was also what Najib would have wanted to happen, just like Bala was "convinced".
I challenge anyone with half a wit to openly declare that they believe it's just a total coincidence!
Also Najib learnt from the best - his mentor Mahathir Mohamad relentlessly destroyed the Rulers' credibility when he wanted to strip them of their immunity.
Well, at least some good came out from that episode as now the Rulers could be held accountable for any potential misdeeds. But the Perak case is different!
This case is using the Ruler to rubber-stamp an illegitimate power-grab! It's nothing more than Najib's demonstration of power to boost his team's chances in the UMNO General Assembly. Hey, who would dispute your power when you can even push the Sultans around?
Tok Guru called it by the right name - GANGSTER POLITICS. Just like gang leaders need to properly beat up or kill some people once in a while to maintain their image, so is Najib needs to demonstrate some political gangsterism to satisfy his bloodthirsty gang in UMNO!
Turf wars? Check - Perak, Selangor & Kedah!
Demonstrate power & ruthlessness? Check- how he abused govt agencies' powers and ignored all decency and laws to grab power in Perak, and now Selangor and Kedah.
Assassination? Check - YB Eli Wong, YB Khalid, YB Ronnie Liu & YB Hamidah's cases!
The political show of muscle that happened in Perak, and is now happening in Selangor and Kedah, does not benefit the rakyat in any way. But it does benefit the BN to no end!
So if it looks like shit, smells like shit, feels like shit, and it's coming from a**holes, do you need to taste it too to know that it is really shit?
I don't need to, but I guess maybe YOU do, Anon.