Updated: Sat, 07 Jun 2014 08:24:03 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : Malaysia

Malaysia has a constitutional monarchy system, ex-NST editor reminds Johor MB

A veteran journalist has weighed in on Johor’s proposal to include its Sultan to the executive arm of the government through a bill, reminding Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin that Malaysia practises a constitutional monarchy system. Former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic) said Khaled ought to...


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A veteran journalist has weighed in on Johor’s proposal to include its Sultan to the executive arm of the government through a bill, reminding Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin that Malaysia practises a constitutional monarchy system.

Former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic) said Khaled ought to remember that he was elected by the people and as such, held their trust.

"Whatever his intentions are, hidden or otherwise, he must remember that he was chosen by the people of Johor and holds their trust," Kadir said in his blog posting today.

"He has to remember that our country is a constitutional monarchy.”

Kadir also noted that many have criticised the new bill, including former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which is to be tabled in the state assembly on Monday.

The proposed law was for the establishment of a Johor Housing and Property Institution and would give Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar authority over the institution's accounts and a direct hand in the development of real estate in Johor.

Utusan Malaysia reported that it also contained an enactment which provides the sultan with the authority to dissolve the institution's board of directors and make new appointments.

"The board of directors of the Johor Housing and Property Institution will also take over the management of housing and property developments in the state," it said.

If the bill is passed, Johor will be the first state in Malaysia to give powers to the Sultan to be involved in state administration.

Dr Mahathir commented on the bill in his blog yesterday, pointing out that the Federal Constitution provides for a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy.

Hitting out at the state government, he said that although the Constitution can be changed, there are procedures to go about it.

"Of late there has been tendency to ignore the Constitution and to effectively change it by other means. Nobody can change it on his own. States cannot change it nor can rulers without the approval of the Parliament and the federal government," Dr Mahathir wrote.

"There is already a feeling of disrespect for the royals. This may lead to other forms of disrespect. Although by and large the Malays are for the institution of the monarch, when their ability to defend is eroded, they might forgo their 'adat'," he added.

Constitutional law experts pointed out that should the bill be passed by the state assembly, its legality can be challenged in court as in a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy system like in Malaysia, heads of state were above politics.

They said that it was the executive arm (the menteri besar and the executive council) that was responsible to the state legislature and heads of state acted as an oversight mechanism and at best could only advise the executive.

However, Khaled today claimed that the bill would not be an issue as the menteri besar holds executive powers while the Sultan would act only on his advice.

"Any decision on the state administration is still made by me because the executive powers rest with the menteri besar," he was quoted as saying. – June 7, 2014.

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Jun 7, 2014 3:56AM
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However, Khaled today claimed that the bill would not be an issue as the menteri besar holds executive powers while the Sultan would act only on his advice.

"Any decision on the state administration is still made by me because the executive powers rest with the menteri besar," he was quoted as saying. – June 7, 2014.---@MSN News Report.


   Looks like there is nothing wrong with the above MB's statement.  There must be a misunderstanding about the matter.

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