Let’s ponder for a while on the subject. We are witnessing a modern day power play between two top figures in our country.
One is a current ruling Sultan @ King and the other is a former Prime Minister who to date is regarded as the one who defanged the powerful 9 Kings @ Sultans of the 9 Sultanates in the Malay Peninsular.
The 9 ruling Sultans were stripped of their royal immunity from civil and criminal legal prosecution when Tun Dr.Mahathir @ the Commoner but most powerful 4th Prime Minister back then in the height of his Executive Power succeeded in getting the Malaysian Parliament to amend the country’s Constitution in 1992 to ensure that no one was above the law.
Click here and here to read about it.
The Sultan of Johor back then was Sultan Mahmood Iskandar, the father of the current Sultan Ibrahim of Johor who is incensed with Tun Dr. Mahathir’s airing of his views about the Forest City project turning into a viaduct for 700,00 Chinese nationals eventual buying their way into our nation through the Chinese investing in Forest City.
This also brings to my mind about the withdrawing of the National Palace’s earlier invitation to Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad as the former 4th Malaysian Prime Minister to attend the Installation Ceremony of the 15th Supreme King of Malaysia, HRH Sultan Muhammad V of the State of Kelantan Darul Naim.
|HRH Sultan Muhammad V, 15th Supreme King of Malaysia|
The National Palace’s invitation’s withdrawal is reported to be at the behest of Sultan Muhammad V, whose father is Sultan Ismail Petra who was once taken to task by Tun Dr.Mahathir’s Federal Government for the latter’s refusal to pay quite a sizable sum in tax to the Royal Customs of Malaysia and drove off his Lamborghini Diablo from the Subang Airport Customs Complex!
Tun Dr.Mahathir is reported to have labelled the Sultan of Kelantan @ Sultan Ismail Petra as a ‘smuggler‘ for the Sultan’s action! HRH Sultan Muhammad V, our current 15th Supreme King surely would not let that insult to his father, slide.
Click here to read a relevant report about the matter.
Thus I am not surprised to learn of the current 15th Malaysian Supreme King’s snub of Tun Dr.Mahathir from being invited to the Supreme King’s Inauguration Ceremony.
Both named Sultans have a proverbial axe to grind with Tun Dr.Mahathir. Hence their Majesties not letting Tun Dr.Mahathir get away with saying anything concerning their respective states.
Tun Dr.Mahathir’s previous objections against allowing the implementation of the Syariah Law system in Kelantan remains as a thorn in the Sultanate of Kelantan’s side and HRH the Supreme King will not be overlooking any of Tun’s comments or actions with regard to the matter.
They may be ‘constitutional monarch’s’ according to the Constitution of Malaysia but these Malay Sultans still wield a proverbial royal powerful club to teach any ‘commoner’ who dares to mess with them.
Tun Dr.Mahathir’s willingness to sell his soul to the ‘DAP Devils’ in his attempts to overthrow the current Malaysian Premier Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and bring about an alternative government with his son to be elected as the next Prime Minister is also said to be the reason why many are not that gung ho about supporting Tun.
Even I am surprised to see Tun being there besides Lim Kit Siang and Mat Sabu! You just never know what some politicians are willing to do just to make their dreams come true!
|Mat Sabu, Kit Siang, Mahathir ~ Once Bitter Enemies. Photo Source|
Don’t you agree?