Friday, May 22, 2009

Courts are least equipped to settle political matters!

On 13thFebruary, DS Nizar filed an application for judicial review and at sought a declaration from the courts that he was at all material times the Menteri Besar (MB) of Perak. He also sought a declaration that Zambry had no right to hold the office of MB. After hearing relevant witness on 11thMay , the High Court Judge Datuk Abdul Aziz in Kuala Lumpur ruled that Nizar was the rightful MB.

Yesterday the Court Of Appeal heard the arguments of all sides in this appeal. Later today at 3.30pm the Court of Appeal will deliver its decision on Zambry’s appeal.

It’s my personal and firm view that the decision of the Court will not bring about a finality of the on going constitutional crisis in Perak. I have said it before, that Courts are and cannot be the deciders or arbitrators of who should be the rightful MB of Perak. Politics is best left to politicians! The people elected assemblyman and it is they who should decide as who is best to lead the state.

Whatever the decision of the Court today it will just drag the political crisis further without any definite conclusion.
The whole issue is whether the 3 assemblyman ( Cangkat Jaring, Behrang and Jelapang) have resigned? According to the Speaker V.SivaKumar they have resigned or have become independents as according to Barisan National?

One school of thought says if the Perak State Assembly cannot be allowed to be dissolved then at least ask or demand the 3 assemblyman to “officially” resign their seats and by-elections be called. This may in one way settle the issue as to whether the voters in the 3 constituencies voted for a PR or BN Government.

Finally the man who singularly executed the collapse of the PR government in Perak in early February2009 is none other then Prime Minister (PM) Najib. He should realize that the political crisis has failed to enhance his image as the PM of Malaysia. Is he PM for all or only for Barisan National(BN)? PM Najib should rise above politics, over the impasse now and demand for the dissolution of the State Assembly of Perak. Failing which the present stalemate will eventually result in his own down fall.

1 comment:

Jong said...

The 'Court of Public Opinion' finds it ridiculous and unacceptable that the 3-men Court of Appeal panel took only 5 minutes to deliver their oral judgement and sees fit that no written judgement was necessary?

The "appeal" was for a special case of utmost urgency that involves the Menteri Besar and government of the State of Perak is at stake and it will affect the welfare and interest of 2.4 million Perakinans. How could it have been allowed to be taken so lightly?

The 3 Judges took a whole 24-hour to deliberate and deliver that judgement and they shot down an earlier decision made by the High Court yet no written judgement was delivered? Are they afraid of their own shadows if not, what was the 24-hour period for - to buy time for a few phone calls and/or take orders which to me is interference by concerned parties, if not then what is it?