Nizar Not First To Refuse To Quit.
By Alan Ting
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is not the first menteri besar or chief minister who refused to step down after no longer able to command the confidence of the House under certain circumstances. (Tell who would want to let go of power and money?....unless he carry with him some self respect and dignity)
In Malaysia's political history, there was a menteri besar and a chief minister who had refused to do so previously.First was Stephen Kalong Ningkan who served as the first chief minister of Sarawak between July 1963 and September 1966.Ningkan is probably best known for triggering the first constitutional crisis in the country when he refused to vacate his office after being dismissed by the Yang Dipertua Negeri or Sarawak Governor at that time.
As leader of the state legislature, he was said to have ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the council and the governor proceeded to appoint a new chief minister.
Ningkan's refusal to vacate his office, resulted in a constitutional impasse that he was perceived to threaten the fragile unity of Malaysia, barely three years after its formation on Sept 16, 1963.On Sept 14, 1966, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed a state of emergency in Sarawak on the basis that its security was threatened by the constitutional crisis.Ningkan appealed against his dismissal all the way to the Privy Council in London, Malaysia's then final appellate court, but lost his appeal for a declaration that he was still chief minister of Sarawak. (There you go...these sort of jokers will fight their might and even can bring the matter up to international court hoping to get some back-up form the mat sallehs....gosh...power and money surely can stripped a man off their everything)
Another case involved the then-Kelantan menteri besar, Mohamed Nasir, in 1977, who had ignored efforts to remove him from office for defying party instructions.He was removed from office after demonstrations that degenerated to violence and looting, prompting the Federal Government, at the behest of the King, to declare emergency rule in the state.(And because of their greediness; although they won't admit it, people have to go through hassle to kick them out of their office!)
Today, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah ordered Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his state executive councillors to step down with immediate effect, failing which the posts are considered vacant.
The Office of the Sultan of Perak issued a statement after His Majesty met all the 28 Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen and the three independents that the Sultan was convinced that Mohammad Nizar had ceased to command the confidence of the majority of the state assembly members.-- BERNAMA
To readers who are not well informed about current political scenario in Malaysia, or may i just say political scenario after Dr Mahathir, our beloved laser mouth, cynical former Prime Minister 'gave' office to Abdullah Badawi; the political arena in this country would put the Cirque du Soleil to shame.
There had been almost everything.
From scandals, to murders and whatever you might think of. They have it in Malaysia.
I assume the people of Malaysia would have gotten over the loathful feeling hearing all sort of stories told and untold (told by newspaper and blogs and untold by word of mouth and again, blogs) to being rather ticklish to the act and stories Malaysian politician will come out with.
It is so horribly amusing and fun and I am pretty sure the Malaysian people would take this as their comfort during this economic turmoil.
The Parliament has become a playing ground for all these jokers, and when they had enough of playing there, they would create some interesting " i know what you did" and "i will tell what you did" just to brighten up the scene.
Their current play right now is the "Lompat Katak" translated to English "Froggy Jump" or " Jump of the Frogs" whichever you deem suitable.
The actors are the ADUNs also known as KATAKs (Katak is frog in English)