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theSun | FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 2009 TELLING IT AS IT IS

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Don’t be too harsh on Sultan.

In the best interests of the rakyat
The situation is too fluid. He
must verify the facts and inter-
view the defectors to determine if they
voluntarily changed parties.
He can only do this if he is alone
with them. He must verify the num-
bers himself. The executive govern-
ment is still functioning. There is no in the shoes of the Sultan But the goings-on money, which could be put to better the need for an anti-hopping law.
immediate threat. He will consult his whose only concern is in the silver state will use in these trying economic times, For the BN, by admitting these
advisers. He will wait for BN to ask the smooth administra- not end. The BN has would have been used to conduct individuals into its fold, only
him to form new government, verify tion of his state and the launched a coup and fresh elections. But on a wider scale, demonstrates that it will compro-
the facts and decide on MB request welfare of his subjects. its generals who pulled the happenings in Perak go to show mise virtually anything to win the
to call elections. At the time of writing the rug from under PR’s how a handful of individuals can political game.
The double jumping frog will aid this, Sultan Azlan Shah feet, will undoubtedly play games with the people’s trust. Two of the “frogs” have a graft
your argument in the end as that had not consented to the become the toast at next As Derek rightly pointed out, charge over their heads; one “frog”
a****** has no morals. My personal dissolution of the state month’s Umno general they were elected based on their jumped twice and another had
opinion is that any s*** who jumps assembly while Datuk assembly. manifesto and by jumping ship, repeatedly said that she was not
party is not fit to serve and has Seri Mohammad Nizar And what of PR? they had lied to the people. Suffice going anywhere.
lied to the people if he promised a Jamaluddin’s resigna- Down2Earth Well, apart from licking to say, the four who hopped were Fortunately for some politicians,
party manifesto to them and does a tion as mentri besar had its wounds, unfortu- elected based on their party colours. people have short memories. So
U-turn. been sought. The Sultan by Terence Fernandez nately, it cannot take the Nasarudin, Jamaludin Mohd Radzi, when we go back to the polls in
If I were the Sultan, I too would had met the four assem- moral high ground here Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu and Hee three years, there is a likelihood
wait as the facts are changing too blymen individually to ascertain in claiming that the opposition has Yit Fong are no Tengku Razaleigh that this dark episode in Malaysian
fast to make a wise decision. He is that they are leaving their respec- resorted to “dirty tricks”. Although it Hamzah or Datuk Shahrir Abdul politics where the people were
under a duty to independently verify tive parties on their own free will, may be true, PR also does not have Samad who won their seats on played with and lied to would be
the facts himself.” without inducements or coercion. the right to claim that the defections several platforms – the latter as forgotten.
One should give Sultan Azlan which now lead to the formation of a BN candidate and even as an
THIS SMS was sent by lawyer and Shah some credit for this. He is, a new state government, as a breach independent.
Petaling Jaya City Councillor Derek after all, a former lord president. of the public trust. It was obvious that the people Terence is disappointed that he won’t
Fernandez on Wednesday to several And from what we have learnt, His This is because PR drew first had voted in the Opposition as a be covering any elections anytime
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders on the Royal Highness has been going into blood – not only by enticing and ac- need for more checks and balances soon. It’s a lot of fun! He is deputy
situation in Perak. Derek, whose overdrive consulting his advisers, cepting Bota rep, Datuk Nasarudin to keep an eye on the incumbent. If editor (special reports & investiga-
consult is often sought by the Se- government officers, as well as Hashim (who has since returned to this was not true, how could Loh tions) and can be reached at terence@
langor government and PR leaders, leaders from both sides of the politi- Umno) but also by making overtures Gwo Burne, whose only claim to thesundaily.com.
was giving his educated two sen’s cal divide. towards elected BN reps following fame is recording V.K. Lingam’s
worth to panicky assemblymen But of course, His Royal High- last year’s general election. infamous phone conversation, have
and parliamentarians who were ness’s final assessment of the As the saying goes, if you play trumped MCA powerhouse Datuk
witnessing one of their hard-worn situation and his decision not to with fire you get burnt. In the game Lee Hwa Beng in Kelana Jaya?
states slipping from their grasp. consent to the dissolution of the of political one-upmanship, BN has Thus, if PR wants to point fingers Nurse is Suhaida
Several of them had opined that state assembly has raised eyebrows a larger mandate and the resources for losing Perak, it should blame
the palace may be lopsided towards from many quarters, especially PR to win the match. itself. Its lack of quality candidates IN our story yesterday, “Breast
Barisan Nasional (BN) forgetting and its supporters. So congratulations to BN. But is apparent now. Some of them do Cancer: Rising fear factor”, the
that only on Tuesday did the regent One gives the palace the benefit whoever wins, the losers are the not have principles, nor the back- nurse featured in the article was
emphasise the need for Rulers to be of the doubt and concludes that the people whose ballots are now bone to stand by their party and Suhaida Musthaffa and not Umi
apolitical. Derek was attempting to decision was made in the best worthless. the manifesto on which they had Kalthsum Zakaria. Our apolo-
put the matter into perspective and interests of the rakyat, from the If a dissolution had been con- wooed the people. The conduct of gies to both Suhaida and Umi
ask the politicians to put themselves Sultan’s standpoint. sented to, millions of taxpayers’ these four characters underscore Kalthsum.