16 September 2016
Mahathir hands over Citizens’ Declaration to Agong
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah yesterday to hand over the Citizens’ Declaration.
A source told Malaysiakini that the meeting took place at the Istana Anak Bukit in Kedah yesterday evening.
The source said Mahathir had brought with him the Citizens’ Declaration, as well as photos of the 1.3 million documents that the Save Malaysia group claimed were signed by the public.
9 May 2016
Empowering monarchs to curb Putrajaya not viable, opposition MPs says
KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — Restoring the lost powers of the Malay Rulers is not the way forward to check alleged excesses by the federal government, two opposition lawmakers said today.
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and Amanah’s Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa disagreed with calls from both the Johor sultan and former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim to return power to the country’s constitutional monarchs to check and balance the ruling coalition.
“Power corrupts and unaccountable power obviously has a higher exposure to corruption,” Rafizi told Malay Mail Online, emphasising that the existing constitutional monarchy system is best for the country.
Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of Johor wants the Rulers to have more say in passing legislation instead of merely providing their royal assent as is the current practice, after the Mahathir administration effectively stripped them of powers, including their legal immunity.
Zaid, a former Umno minister and ex-PKR leader has also backed the Johor Ruler’s call, saying “some powers” can be restored due to the opposition’s alleged failure to act as an effective check and balance mechanism.
The PKR secretary-general lashed out at Zaid for changing his “framework of reforms”.
“I totally disagree with his view and I think Zaid should make up his mind on what exactly is his framework of thinking to bring reforms to the country, because he seems to be shifting a lot,” the Pandan MP said.
Amanah vice-chairman Mujahid also disagreed with arming the monarchy with powers, saying reforms should be through a democratic process.
“Rulers are non-political, any changes should be done by the aspiration of the rakyat through a democratic process which is political by nature,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
“The Rulers only endorse the people’s choice and remain the supreme protector symbolically and constitutionally,” he added.
8 May 2016
Johor Sultan calls on Malaysia’s government to ‘restore powers of Rulers’
JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has said he hopes the Malaysian government will rectify the amendments to the Federal Constitution involving the powers of the monarchy.
Sultan Ibrahim said the amendments to remove their immunity had been made for political or individual interests.
“I hope that this could be rectified,” said Sultan Ibrahim in his royal address at the opening of the three-day 2016 Conference of Parliamentary and State Assembly Speakers of Malaysia at Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor on Saturday (May 7).
Sultan Ibrahim said that under the Federal Constitution and State constitutions, the legislature is made up of two components – the King and Parliament at the federal level and the Sultan and state legislative assemblies at the state level.
“It is not proper to limit or abolish the power of the King or the Sultan in examining and giving their Royal Assent for laws. This just reduces the role of the King and the Sultans to mere rubber stamps for laws passed by the Parliament or the state legislative assemblies.”
But now a Malay political party has limited the power of the King to consider new laws, said Sultan Ibrahim. Worse was the amendment forcing the King to accept the advice of the Cabinet, he added.