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Not impossible! Of course Ong Tee Keat can be MB

Thu 2012-Feb-16 @ MYT 08:06:26 am

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, old journos used to say, usually with a sneer and a wicked laugh, because someone had spilled a lot of words based on nothing more than pure speculation. Lately a lot of speculative words have been spilled at Malaysia Chronicle about whether Ong Tee Keat, the MP for Pandan and a former MCA president, is being positioned to be the next menteri besar of Selangor the first Chinese to be menteri besar after Barisan Nasional wins the next general election, of course. And of course, Barisan must first win the elections. A Chinese as MB? Wow. Its the talk of the town, says the Chronicle. Tee Keat to be the first ever Chinese Mentri Besar of Selangor? This talk has been buzzing for a while but no one gave much credence to it because of Umnos Malay-first stance. But Tee Keats recent appointment as BN division chairman, which Umno itself pushed for, has added weight to the speculation this is the hottest talk in Selangor BN at the moment, a political source told Malaysia Chronicle. (Well, they did say no one gave it much credence.) Then yesterday Jackson Ng shot down that story. Its impossible! A non-Malay cannot be MB! Heres proof! (Screen shot from the Chronicle) Aiyah. Must be Malay and Muslim ah? Like that how? Never fear, the Chronicle has the answer! Amend the constitution! BN must get the Sultan of Selangor to agree! And so the Chronicle went on to goreng the story a little bit more. A shiver down the spines of the Umno warlords But, thats based on reading only half a sentence. Dont just read the second half of Article 51 (2). Look at the first half of the sentence. It says Subject to Clause (4) of Article 53 Hallo kawan, that means: first you read Article 53 (4). Then you read Article 51 (2), ok?

Article 53 (4) says

See? If need be, the Sultan can ignore any restriction in the Constitution in choosing a menteri besar. He can appoint anyone. The Sultan is free to choose. In his discretion, he can, by law, ignore any part of the constitution. That means he can in his discretion even ignore the part that says he is of the Malay Race and professes the Muslim religion if in his opinion it is necessary to do so. So if he wants, he can appoint Ong Tee Keat. Its not impossible. Its not make believe. Its the law. No need to amend the Constitution. The sultan can decide. But is it politically realistic? Thats another story. Maybe the Chronicle have decided to goreng this story some more, to include all the facts, and tell a whole story, not a half baked one? Its not impossible. Just make sure the story doesnt get in the way of the facts.