Not Within the Ambit

“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. In other words, he is the rubber stamp.
With due respect, It is not within the ambit of our Agong to dictate who our pm should be, and the manner in which the choosing shall be conducted. He acts on advice. And Parliament rules are all described in the Act.
For unity reasons, voting must be seen to be swift, open, and orderly. At all cost must factions, dissent, and suspicion be avoided from happening. That is the reason why MPs must congregate, vote, and make known the results straightaway in Parliament. Beit by secret vote or better, by show of hands. With due respect, during the previous crisis, the Agong had been seen to be minding and fiddling, and the process reverses. Apparently being ill advised by the speaker who is strangely a constitutional law expert.
With the agong affirming the voting through secret sds, then again, interviewing the MPs who voted with the sds without revealing the vote count 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 it isn’t self verified?
If the Agong is not careful, he would be seen to be taking sides, if the pm chosen is not in tune to conventional wisdom which is exactly how certain factions crafted it in this manner, to gag the rakyat using the Agong’s interference. And that, with due respect, is unhealthy. And it should not happen again.”


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