“Anwar’s political career came about not through Tun M.
I need to jerk up Tun’s memory.
Anwar was Umno youth chief then. Young, charismatic, eloquent. His grassroots was huge and they decided to ask him to try for Umno’s top position. Anwar didn’t. Anwar took his chances by challenging Ghafar Baba instead. Then, the school teacher deputy prime minister. Tun M loved Ghafar Baba because Ghafar Baba is loyal and echoes him. Tun M tried to stop Anwar from challenging Ghafar, because Tun thought Anwar dangerous and he was no pushover, and cannot be controlled. Moreover, Anwar had a large following. Anwar thought he can’t disappoint his grassroots. Tun M then, was scared of being unseated by this ambitious young man. Elections came and went, and quite unexpectedly, Anwar won over Ghafar Baba.
Tun M didn’t like it.
But by virtue of Anwar’s position as Umno deputy, Anwar was elevated to be the deputy prime minister. Because it was the tradition then.
Thus Tun M got no choice but to reluctantly elevate him.
Not like Anwar begged for it. He worked hard for it.
And the rest is history.”
“Our Agong’s primary duty is to endorse a candidate that has received the majority of votes in Parliament, to be our pm. The pm then chooses his own deputy as well as names his entire cabinet, again with the Agong’s endorsement. That’s all.
With due respect, It is not within the ambit of our Agong to dictate who our pm should be and how the choosing should be conducted. He acts on advice. And Parliament has its own set of rules.
For unity reasons, voting must be seen to be swift, open, and orderly. At all cost must we avoid factions, dissent, and suspicion from happening. That is the reason why MPs must congregate, vote, and make known the results straightaway in Parliament. With due respect, as it is, the Agong has been seen minding and fiddling, and the process now somehow reverses. Was he ill advised?
With the agong affirming the voting through sds, then again, interviewing the MPs who voted with the sds, before Parliament convenes, and again observing if the MPs still endorses the candidate they have chosen in their sd? What then is the basis and function of the statutory declaration (sd)?
If the Agong is not careful, he would be seen to be taking sides, if that pm chosen is not in tune to conventional wisdom which is exactly how certain factions crafted it in this manner, to gag the rakyat. And that, with due respect, dent wisdom.
When can, if we are allowed one request, can the rakyat and MPs get to view each and every sd, to verify its authenticity?”
“Federal Constitution clearly stipulate that we must choose a candidate from a party which commands the majority of support in Parliament. That means it is dap. All this last minute gabungan carries no weight if these gabungan are not a registered political entity with the registrar of society, and even if they are, they could only be party specific registration, meaning only from those which originally form and tie themselves to the gabungan, the new ones not included, not unless their respective coalition constitution allows.
With due respect to YDPA, nothing in our law allows for an experimental unity government. That proposal itself is not in line with our federal constitution. And a government without opposition is most dangerous.”