Sultans, Politics and MBs – Another Giant Kayu Balak in UMNO’s Eye

When the DAP-PAS-PKR coalition took Perak, they submitted their candidates for Menteri Besar nomination to the Regent of Perak.

The Regent chose the PAS candidate Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin, as is the Regent’s right, and DAP’s mentor Lim Kit Siang got riled up about it on his blog, threatening that DAP’s assemblymen would boycott the swearing in ceremony.

LKS apologized later, but UMNO’s bigshots were already all over the case with mockery and criticism of the ‘lack of respect for royalty’.

For one, keris-master Hishamuddin blasted out:

“DAP secara terang tidak bertanggungjawab dan tidak menghormati kedudukan kesultanan Melayu. Niat memulaukan istiadat pelantikan juga menunjukkan mereka hanya gilakan kuasa sehingga sanggup membelakangkan kesetiaan kepada raja dan negara.”

Which is translated to English as: “DAP clearly is irresponsible and disrespects the position of the Malay Sultanate. The intention of overturning the tradition of nomination also shows that they are just power-crazed to the point of discarding loyalty to king and country.”

But, not long after that in Barisan Nasional held Perlis, the Sultan chose Md Isa Sabu over Abdullah Badawi’s pick of Shahidan Kassim… Which was not received well by Shahidan and his UMNO gang.

But as it is the Sultan’s right to pick his state’s MB, it was a rock-and-hard-place choice fro Badawi – between going against the Malay ruler or losing face as the kilted nation’s Prime Minister.

Long and embarassing story short, Badawi lost his face and Sultan got his pick.

And now, the Terengganu Regency Advisory Council chose Datuk Ahmad Said over Badawi’s pick of Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Badawi and UMNO responded by protesting that picking anyone but Idris is ‘unconstitutional’. They threatened to boycott the swearing in ceremony. They threatened Ahmad to obey UMNO’s commands or risk disciplinary action… And Ahmad got sacked anyway.

However, the Sultan of Terengganu has the last laugh as of 27 March 2008 – he stripped Idris and two cronies of their Datukships! (hat tip: hutchrun)

And so, look back at what Hishamuddin said again, only this time apply it to UMNO’s antics:

UMNO clearly is irresponsible and disrespects the position of the Malay Sultanate. The intention of overturning the tradition of nomination also shows that they are just power-crazed to the point of discarding loyalty to king and country.”

Just another in the looooooooooooong line of UMNO-pocrisy that has been regularly demonstrated these past few months.

And thusly it seems that every time UMNO’s boys open their big, hate-spewing mouths, something happens to show them up to be exactly the thing that they were protesting.

Strangely, the UMNOputras don’t seem to have the memory span to remember their past proclamations and avoid falling into their own traps. Like, totally lame, man.

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10 Responses to “Sultans, Politics and MBs – Another Giant Kayu Balak in UMNO’s Eye”

  1. hutchrun Says:

    Bad`s a dead man walking. The T`ganu affair will only serve to further weaken him. Now:

    `The 21 Terengganu assemblymen, headed by Datuk Rosol Wahid, have agreed not to boycott the swearing in ceremony, meaning more trouble for the besieged prime minister.`

    I see a pattern of sorts developing. Those UMNO divisions that lost, are gunning him. Latest is Muar.
    Bad-awi will be migrating.

  2. wits0 Says:

    Bad-awi once said of his family, “We’re rich..” in order to imply that there’s no reason for him and family to be corrupt.

    Even if so, betcha, it isn’t easy to give up perks like a free globe trotting on a specially furnished A319 exec jet.

  3. hutchrun Says:

    Ah. But how did they get rich? His son a former condom salesman with Sime Darby is now a billionaire of sorts. And yet Bad-awi once said he was poor as a kid. Thieving scoundrels they turned out.

  4. hutchrun Says:

    In another development raising the stakes in the stand-off between the Sultan Mizan of Terengganu and Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s administration, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail did not get his audience today with the Sultan, also the King. This is seen as an obvious snub by the Palace, which has taken a firm stand against the appointment of Barisan Nasional’s choice for Terengganu Mentri Besar, Idris Jusoh.

  5. wits0 Says:

    Gunny(sack) Patail has heavy baggage too. Ask Anwar. MoreTar had his and didn’t really get to enjoy his gain.

  6. NameLeftAnonymous Says:

    I think I agree with Mahathir when he says our current PM is weak. He simply has no clout.

  7. hutchrun Says:

    Lout fakes clout.

  8. kweky@ipoh boy Says:

    well, it’s not too surprising. it is similar to demonstrations… it is not a malaysian culture if UMNO is not doing it…… well, scott, empty vessels make the most noise… i guess it’s true when we relate this saying with our UMNO ‘friends’.

    just when they think that they are so smart and powerful, they are gonna get it stuffed in their own a$$.

  9. kweky@ipoh boy Says:

    and please don’t forget, ” when she lifted up her short skirt, i lost my mind”, said chua soi lek!!!

  10. hutchrun Says:

    There has been an interesting development which the MSM (unsurprisingly) is not `on the ball`:

    While 51 of the UMNO’s Supreme Council members led by the rebel leader, Muhyiddin Yasin are throwing shits for four hours on Dollah’s face in PWTC, 51 UMNO’s divisional head gathered at Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s house to discuss the final details of some plan about something. All these happen only 19 days after BN lost 4+1+1 state and Federal Territory in Malaysia.

    Tomorrow, 28 March 2008. 20,000 people are estimate to gather at Palm Manor, Ku Li’s home in Kota Bharu to hear what Ku Li has to say about any chance of him taking the leading role in kicking Dollah away forever. Global Media Channel will be covering the event.

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