Will the new wounds and past bitterness be healed in this coming election?
The Crown Prince of Johor has made a series of posts on his Facebook in the past few days, recalling Mahathir’s stripping the power of the royalty in the past.
The Constitution was twice amended in the 80’s and 90’s. The first amendment was to cut the immunity of the Sultans and the second was to abolish the rulers’ absolute legislative power.
By the way, it is technically wrong for the media to say “The Parliament has been dissolved”. The parliament will never be dissolved as it comprises Dewan Rakyat, Dewan Negara and the King. The others are still around while only Dewan Rakyat has been dissolved.
The abolition of the rulers’ legislative power is a major issue. The Constitution originally stipulated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong must give his consent to a bill passed in Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara before it becomes an act.
However, with the constitutional amendments, the act can bypass the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and come into effect. It is a major change.
At that time, Mahathir challenged the royalty. He was very bold as traditional Malays would never dare to do it. But he wanted to prove one point, which is, that elected leaders are more powerful than feudalistic rulers.
Because now he wants to topple Najib, it is a pity that he has apologized for stripping the power of the Sultans. He now believes that the feudalistic rulers should have greater power than elected leaders and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can remove Najib as the prime minister.
It can be seen that his move to strip the power of the rulers is to strengthen himself and not based on his political conviction. It is not his principle. When he is the prime minister, the rulers’ power should be reduced but when Najib is the prime minister, the rulers’ power should be increased.
Some commentators laugh at him for failing to apologize over many of his wrongdoings in retarding the progress of democracy but instead, he apologized for doing the right thing. This is called scratching the itchy part in the wrong place until it bleeds.
He is like the legendary Ou Yang Feng, extremely good in fighting skills but doing all the wrong thing. As such, he remains always the bad character.