Raja Zalim Raja Disanggah


February 23, 2014

Raja Zalim Raja Disanggah

imageby Din Merican

Karpal Singh has been convicted under s.4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 for saying that “the Sultan of Perak can be sued” for causing the removal of the PAS Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaludin, which  led to the BN seizing control of the state assembly through the back door by bringing in an unelected person to be Speaker,  thus giving majority to BN in the Perak State Assembly to install Zambry Kadir as Menteri Besar.

Sedition is an antiquated and undemocratic offence and most modern states have repealed or put it into disuse. It certainly has no place in a modern and democratic Malaysia that we aspire to be.

Sedition is an antiquated and undemocratic offence and most modern states have repealed or put it into disuse. It certainly has no place in a modern and democratic Malaysia that we aspire to be.

The story of the sneaking in of a new Speaker into the Perak state parliament; the story of how Regent Raja Nazrin waited from morning in the Royal Chambers to deliver his opening speech, only to get to do it in the late evening as if nothing had happened at all are all well documented.

Sivakumar is half pushed, half pulled out of the chambers. He was forcibly removed from the speaker's chair .

Sivakumar was half pushed, half pulled out of the chambers. He was forcibly removed from the speaker’s chair .

The Constitutional Crisis of Perak was unprecedented not only in Malaysian history but also in the history of any country in the world. Even the assassination of Julius Caesar could be justified because Julius Caesar wanted to be Emperor of Rome and Brutus and gang wanted to prevent him from getting that approval from the Roman Senate. Brutus justified the murder by saying “It is not that I love Caesar less but I love Rome more.” So, Julius was disposed in the Senate just before he became Caesar to protect democracy against dictatorship. In Perak, democracy was assassinated  right in the very house of a state parliament.

The Ruler asked Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to resign together with the executive council members. Sultan Azlan Shah also ominously declared - if they refuse to resign the post (of Menteri Besar and State Executive Councilors) would be considered vacant.

The Ruler asked Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin to resign together with the executive council members.
Sultan Azlan Shah also ominously declared – if they refuse to resign the post (of Menteri Besar and State Executive Councilors) would be considered vacant.

And by whom?

By none other than the constitutional head of the state. This was democracy in modern times being crucified by the very person who is to be the umbrella and protector of democracy and the people’s rights to its elected government. And democracy died.

It is totally unjust and un-democratic for MPs to switch parties and claim that they still represent what the people voted them in for.

It is totally unjust and un-democratic for MPs to switch parties and claim that they still represent what the people voted them in for.

Given that dramatic event, is it beyond the reasonable man’s mind that the people would speak out? Is it beyond expectation that the Rakyat would rise and object? Even if those reposed with trust to advise the rulers on such matters abdicate their duty because of fear as in this proverb “Tohok Raja Tiada Dapat Dielakkan”, the history of mankind has shown that there will always be A Few Good Men who would speak out for the truth. Karpal Singh would not be called the Tiger of Jelutong if he did not roared out his views over something so manifestly wrong. At least Karpal did not throw stones at the royalty of Perak as some people did to express their disgust over what was seen as the palace complicity in the assassination of democracy.

I recall video footages and pictures of the people of Perak throwing stones at the Regent’s car. That was how disgusted the Rakyat felt towards the Perak royalty. As a Malay, I felt very sad to see the consequences when the royalty and monarchy are dragged to descend into the arena of gutter politics. That would be unthinkable in Thailand where the monarch has always remain impartial to party politics. And that impartiality ensures not only the monarchy’s survival in a modern democracy like Queen Elizabeth of England but also remain revered by the people like King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand. The monarchy must learn to read the Rakyat’s pulse and be a unifying force like how Winston Churchill encouraged the stuttering King George VI to deliver that famous speech unfiying Britons as Britain went to war in the  movie The King’s Speech.

A vehicle with a yellow (royal) registration plate, said to be ferrying Perak crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah, was pelted with stones by angry supporters of the PRU12, which has shown PR won the State of Perak.

A vehicle with a yellow (royal) registration plate, said to be ferrying Perak crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah, was pelted with stones by angry supporters of the PRU12, which has shown PR won the State of Perak.

Yet, in Perak the Rakyat’s expressed its utter disgust. Why?

HRH Sultan of Perak is Raja Azlan Shah who before becoming Sultan was the Lord President of Malaysia, the chief judge of the country. There were much hopes when Raja Azlan Shah became Sultan.

HRH Sultan of Perak is Raja Azlan Shah who before becoming Sultan was the Lord President of Malaysia, the chief judge of the country. There were much hopes when Raja Azlan Shah became Sultan.

HRH Sultan of Perak is Raja Azlan Shah who before becoming Sultan was the Lord President of Malaysia, the Chief judge of the country. There was much hope when Raja Azlan Shah became Sultan. There was hope that His Majesty would put some semblance of Rule of Law in the governance of his own state of Perak and in the country when Raja Azlan Shah became Yang DiPertuan Agong of Malaysia. The Perak Royalty was regarded as one of the more educated royalties of this country. So, when Raja Nazrin became regent and espoused all the ideals of good governance, the people became hopeful. The people agreed with everything Raja Nazrin said. He became a symbol of an enlightened royalty of Malaysia like the big white hope of boxing. But all hopes dissipated. That disappointment culminated in the manner that MB Nizar was deposed. And the Perak Royalty lost all credibility. I am saying this because people tell me so and it is my duty to convey this so that our royalty can reflect on their relevance and survival in a new world.

The prosecution and conviction of Karpal Singh who is a parliamentarian and a senior lawyer does nothing to instil respect, love and reverence for our royalty and monarchy. It will do the exact opposite as can be seen in the extinction of other monarchies in the world. If that happens, the Malays will have to blame UMNO, our Malay politicians and our Malay holders of public offices including the Judiciary for being less than wise in managing such issues.

ICJ's International Legal Advisor on Southeast Asia Emerlynne Gil said this conviction sends out a message that lawyers in Malaysia are not free to express their opinions about legal issues.

ICJ’s International Legal Advisor on Southeast Asia Emerlynne Gil said this conviction sends out a message that lawyers in Malaysia are not free to express their opinions about legal issues.

We, Malays, make such a big fuss about protecting kedaulatan Raja-Raja Melayu and, in doing so, we instigate for the prosecution of anyone especially non-Malays like Karpal to teach them a lesson not to memperlekehkan our Raja-Raja. As a result, we bring to the world’s attention the oppressiveness of our archaic laws and the abuses that can arise from such laws. In the end, we will be the losers because we never heed our own peribahasa – “Kasihkan Raja Di Atas Usungan”.

I will not explain the meaning of that proverb so that you, the readers, and hopefully all Malay politicians will research, read and apply that peribahasa in the proper context when dealing with our Malay royalty.

 Same case, same judge, different judgments -- only in the land of endless possibilities! mj


Same case, same judge, different judgments — only in the land of endless possibilities! mj

In prosecuting and convicting Karpal Singh, neither the Malay executive nor the Judiciary gave cogisance to another Malay legal maxim or peribahasa which is so significant in this context. If Karpal Singh can be convicted for sedition just for questioning the powers of a malay monarch, then this maxim must be expunged from the Malay perbendaharaan of peribahasa – “ Raja Adil Raja Disembah Raja Zalim Raja Disanggah“.

44 thoughts on “Raja Zalim Raja Disanggah

  1. Nothing destroys more the confidence the general public, has in the judiciary than the belief that the judge was biased when he decided a case, or that the judge would not be independent where powerful individuals is the litigants before him.

  2. Oh…you forgot to cross reference your thought to the civil railway contract that was in the offing and subsequently given to the member of the Perak Royal family. The Sultans are also normal human beings with same degree of greed and need for owning wealth.

  3. Robert,
    Much more than that. Me got to repeat the question. What happen to the descendant of Sultan Idris of Perak. Sultan Idris is the predecessor of Sultan Azlan Shah.

    Guys & Gals,
    Tell me why Ku Li got to make that speech in parliament. Hmmm…..Interesting hah………..One got to ask Madhater…….His act of reducing the monarchy power

  4. Same case, same judge but judgements flip-flop… this is disaster for the judiciary and the justice system in Malaysia… anyway I have lost all my respects for the Perak royal family since the Perak coup d’état… I am waiting to see justice even if it takes a lifetime!

  5. We may see the death of the fine Royal institution, from this case. Kapal Singh may yet be thrown into in cell, nonetheless brute force will find The Tiger of Jelutong much stronger. This Singh throughout his career had created legal precedences to rock Malaysian judiciary many many times with his short career. He, only Lawyer to have made then Prime Minister Mahathir eat humble pie.

    The emancipation of man from unjust and judgements is ordained from HIS GOD ALMIGHTY, and is most foul.

  6. As I say the UMNOMalays, as holders of the instrument of power, have no principles or conscience of righteousness. They are drowned in greed to amaze wealth by any means while dancing to pageantry and feudalistic institutions cloaked in shimmering tinsels badges and imitation gold threads.

  7. It simply boggles the minds the glaring contradiction of key players actions. A royal who was before the crises, reformist, legally impeccable, yet a party to the fiasco. Then a judge who first acquit and then convict on appeal. It just feels like a hidden hand pulling the strings from behind.

  8. A lot us used to respect the Sultan of Perak a lot but now things changed. The Perak incident helped me realized all our Sultan are fellow human beings like us too. Are they saint?

    Can we expect them to save our beloved country?

    Salam

  9. …..”our Malay politicians and our Malay holders of public offices including the Judiciary for being less than wise in managing such issues.
    ICJ’s International Legal Advisor on Southeast Asia Emerlynne Gil said this conviction sends out a message that lawyers in Malaysia are not free to express their opinions about legal issues.

    We, Malays, make such a big point about protecting kedaulatan Raja-Raja Melayu and, in doing so, we instigate for the prosecution of anyone especially non-Malays like Karpal to teach them a lesson not to memperlekehkan our Raja-Raja. As a result, we bring to the world’s attention the oppressiveness of our archaic laws and the abuses that can arise from such laws. In the end, we will be the losers because we never heed our own peribahasa – “Kasihkan Raja Di Atas Usungan”.- well said Raja Zalim Raja Disanggah

    Equally, “Stupid fellow ! Ling, Utar council chairman slams Attorney-General over PKFZ project”: http://rightwayssuccess.blogspot.com/2014/01/stupid-fellow-ling-utar-council.html

  10. Don’t all these judges have conscience of the fear of Allah Almighty? Why is it every time such crucial judgements are made, it’s the same type of judges used… how do they face the family members? friends? or when they are in Mecca to perform the Haj? Why even bother to perform the Haj in the first place coz the Almighty already knew what you did?

  11. none of the pillars of society entrusted with the task of safeguarding the people and country are functional. they rob and rape the country which they are suppose to protect.
    ” the UMNOMalays, as holders of the instrument of power, have no principles or conscience of righteousness”. – RK Chelliah

    the poor malays are just following the good examples set by their bosses. as you’d know, good parents bring up good children.

    the decay of our society began with the dismantling of our education system thereby depriving our malays of independent thinking and self – reliance. today they need umno-baru and the holy book to show them the way forward. if not they say ‘melayu will get hilang in this dunia’! what amazing revelation!
    if you compare a typical malaysian umno malay to one who is independent and well educated or established abroad you’ll notice a vast difference. this difference is the ‘achievement’ that should be accredited to umno-b.

    ”….cloaked in shimmering tinsels badges and imitation gold threads.” – you forgot to mention the fancy names, the malay so-called government functionaries, have accrued for themselves….to impress their poor malay brothers and sisters

  12. Is it a wonder that in Perak, the colour yellow has taken on a new meaning – from a symbolic colour that brings joy and delight to a more darker meaning of tainted and unrequited love displayed by Perakians who were undoubtedly infuriated with the majestic golden shower that rained on them during the Perak constitutional crisis.

    It is mind boggling that Perakians are still harping about constitution this and that when the actions of their Sultan had made it clear that the rule book of proper engagement has been thrown unceremoniously and ultra viresly into the gutter.

    To say that something is rotten in Perak and Malaysia will be understating the facts. It is amazing that the rakyat is still slumbering and indifferent to the harsh reality that they have been betrayed by their keepers who are no longer capable of fulfilling their duties as defenders of the rakyat interests but only of their own interests.

    At the end of the sad day, money talks and bullshit walks. Malaysia has become one huge conglomerate — Malaysia Inc. Everyone, from politikus,ulamas to sultan has a price tag, can and has been bought over. It is all about the self preservation of the unholy trinity.

  13. Ocho,
    You know what…….I am taunting my sparing partner from kaytee to guess where my voting area is……But then if he ever comes into Din Merican, he would have known very clearly where I voted all this while.
    Tri colour of the Perak flag represents the 3 families where one of them would be rotated to be the Sultan when one passed away. My question is simple. Seriously where are all the descendants of Sultan Idris of Perak. Carry on from there & the truth shall set you free. Actually the constitution of Perak is kinda hehehehehe………Ask Tok Cik. My mum told me that Sultan Idris sometimes may ask his servants to order laksa & ice kacang from commoners near the river……What a constrast…..Of course, other stories about Sultan Idris, you may have to ask Pak Bean………Hahahaha…….Seriously, Perak was pretty secular then…….Hahahaha

  14. Cause and effect. Not today, nor tomorrow or next week or month but one day, one day the truth will unveil and justice will be done.

  15. looes74… is it true than that succession to the Perak throne is by rotation of the three families? If that is the case, then the next Sultan of Perak shall be from a family not that of the present Sultan, is that right?

    Who has the power / authority to appoint the enxt ruler? Is there a royal council of some sort out there? Like the 4 Undangs of Negri Sembilan who chose the new Yang DiPertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz instead of the eldest son of Tuanku Jaafar… after 40 years!!!

  16. The Raja in question is not zalim, its just that he allowed himself to be manipulated by the government of the day. How unfortunate.

  17. Che Din, I am moved beyond words on what you have written. You are standing up for truth, justice and democracy and above all for the beleaguered Karpal. I hope the powers be, including the royalty, be sensitive to the sensitivity of the middle ground rakyat and do something to repair the damage needlessly caused, instead of training the gun on you. You are very precious. May the good lord bless you!

  18. You said it, Din. You’re da man. If questioning the action of the sultan on legal grounds is seditious, any damn thing can be construed as seditious. It’s time to awaken the people to the reality that the royals are not sacred cows. Mahathir took away their immunity from legal accountability; let’s keep it that way.

  19. Siangmalam,
    Do you know why british changed the policy of non interference in malay states? Due to rivalry over who to succeed to the throne. It’s gone bad with the chinamen joining in. Hahahahaha! Guess why there is a place called Taiping. One royal kenna banished to pick sea shells in Seychelles. Hahahaha!
    Theoretically, the descendant from 3 royal families got a chance to be Sultan through rotation. Lest somebody decided to potong trip. All those who are qualified need to fill in the seats such as Raja Muda, Raja Dihilir etc. If you look up in the very recent news, Perak under Zambry has decided to amend Perak Constitution regarding those seats. WITHOUT 2/3 majority. Ask Nizar Jamaluddin……He was pissed.
    Know why I ask what happen to Sultan Idris’s descendant. Of course, some UMNOites will give fanstatic & some derhaka stories about Sultan Idris. Yes, he gave Tajol Rosli’s daddy the middle finger when he reneged the promise of being MB for 2 years. Tajol Rosli’s daddy supposedly to resign after 2 years serving as MB. See! why I am extremely pissed with people like Tebing Tinggi……..UMNO buat, semua boleh. Know why I say UMNO is the source of all evil in Malaysia. Even Tok Cik agreed with me

    P.S : Besides the Perak state assembly, there is one assembly called Dewan Negara that handles matter regarding the royal & succession. Check out the perak state constitution

  20. Fact is the rakyat cannot hope on our royals to protect or look out for our welfare when most of them and their family members have their fingers in businesses.
    They are too busy watching their own backs.

  21. This is what I have said before: Perak will face another constitutional crisis when Raja Azlan Shah kicks the bucket. the next in line should not be his son. I am mystified as to how his son is the regent now.
    And talking about judges I can’t help mentioning my undying love and respect for Justice Harun Hashim. He is the truce patriot, the judge without fear or favor. And because of that he was never made the top judge. Justuce Hasim faced hurdles throughout his lifetime. As the first head of the ACA, Razak Hussein booted him out because he was catching sharks, a taboo in the BN government. After that he did an outstanding job as head of a salary commission and the Idustrial Court as well. His most notable judgment was of course making UMNO
    ILLEGAL.

  22. MT,
    I don’t know what to say about the case in Perak. I just wanna know what happened to the descendants of Sultan Idris. I believe that there must be someone in the Idris line who are capable & competent to take up the Raja Muda post or even Raja Dihilir post or something. Perhaps Tok Cik can help. Take note that it was succession issue that embroiled Perak into a bitter civil war

  23. Dato Din, never better put. You hit all the nails on their botak heads. But who cares what we ‘rebels’ think. Arrogance and greed is the order of the day. Well, the Perak crisis has at least benefitted both parties – UMNO Baru is assured of the opportunity to continue to plunder and the royal lineage continues to flourish with contracts flowing into a linked company. As to the “sekejap-ada-sekejap-tak-ada-judge” who decided Karpal’s case – God save Malaysia!

  24. Kee TC: “Mahathir took away their immunity from legal accountability; let’s keep it that way.”

    Let it not be forgotten that while he “took away their immunity from legal accountability”, he effectively passed that immunity to almost all his UMNO friends and a select grovelling few from the component parties. That is why the constant masquerade by UMNO that UMNO alone is both guardian and torch-bearer of the Malay Rajas. It is crass condescension as well as undisguised hypocrisy.

    We are just another half-baked democracy where ruling politicians enjoy effective and real immunity from prosecution while the monarchs move uneasily, since 1993, not knowing when strike three is going to be called, for real or perceived infractions, according to the erratic legalistic moods of UMNO powers-that-be, thanks and no thanks to Mahathir, the man who has a lot to explain for having done so much for himself, his sons and cronies, and to put the country where it is today – in total disarray.

  25. I am a Perakean and had witnessed what took place on Feb 6, 2009 with my own eyes. It’s the blackest day in the annals of Perak. What more can I say?

    I see and something interact with these Umno morons and their “kaki ampus”. I wanna puke…

  26. Dear Din, You ought to have checked before you scandalized the judge and the court publicly particularly knowing full well that the judge has no right of reply in public by the very nature of his office.If I recall correctly this not the first time you have done it.

    This was not a case of the judge flip flopping (or he was dishonest or motivated by extraneous considerations judging from the comments you have allowed) The judge’s earlier ruling was overturned by a 3 man panel of the Court of Appeal and the judge is bound by the ruling i.e. there was no question as to whether the statement was seditious or not ,upon that ruling by the Court of Appeal.The judge was in those circumstances left with only the decision as to whether there was just excuse .Please check with any lawyer worth his salt .Meanwhile I think you owe the judge an open apology.That would be the righteous thing to do.

  27. The late Tan Sri P. Ramlee has portrayed or foretold in his movie “Laksamana Do Re Mi” that in Perak the same situation would be happening in the like case of Negeri Pasir Dua Butir. Because of the Coup d’etat in Perak, the DUN sitting was held under a tree when the illegitimate Government of Zambry Abdul Kadir seized the DUN. Sad but true it’s unthinkable in modern democracy such coup has taken place. I do not desire to comment of the role played by the royalty in that ugly episode lest I may land in big trouble.

  28. The hand of God bigger and more powerful than that of any man on earth, be he king or judge, and the hand of God is working and we are witnessing it. It will not be long before God shows us who is right and who is wrong

  29. Henry,
    The saddest thing is that Zambry stole the government again through election fraud. The incident about the dun sitting under the tree hurts me extremely badly. It hurts Tok Cik too

  30. When a judge is named ‘Datuk Paduka Azman Abdullah” it is obvious that there is going to be a conflict of interest in this case about the sedition case against the royalty. The defense should have raised an objection and insisted that any judges that is conferred any titles like “Datuk Paduka” by royalty is beholden to the royalty and not the law that he swears to uphold.

  31. James,
    Spot on. He who pays the piper calls the tune. The pipers are paid in more than one ways, including honorific titles commercial contracts etc.

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