First posted on Tuesday, 17 February 2015
When Rosmah Mansor took the oath of office.....no that is not right....when Rosmah's husband took the oath of office.....not right too. Lets start again...this is a serious piece that I am trying to write here....
When Najib Razak took the oath of office as Prime Minister before the Yang di Pertuan Agong, among other things he pledged:
"I hereby pledge to discharge my duties as prime minister to the best of my ability and pledge my undivided allegiance to the king,"
The Prime Minister, the DPM, all Minister in Cabinet, every other individual in Public Office, in Government, PDRM , the Army, Navy and Air force etc etc - all swear undivided allegiance to King and Country.
allegiance : the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
Now if all these guys swear allegiance to the Agong, has it ever occurred to the Agong that he could or should question the Prime Minister about the present precarious and dismal state of the nation of which he is King of?
Aisehman does not the Agong wonder why if 51% of the people voted for Pakatan Rakyat how come Barisan Nasional gets to form government?
Back in 1998 when Anwar was dismissed by Mahathir after being accused of sodomy, I wondered what went on in the head of the then king? Anwar was the deputy PM of his country. How did he feel meeting other heads of states while his deputy PM was accused of sodomy?
A friend of mine told me that he was in a taxi in Bangkok soon after the world saw the black eye image of Anwar. The driver asked him where he was from and my friend said "Malaysia". The taxi driver threw a controlled punch towards his eye and nodded, "Yes, Malaysia. Very good."
Okay, the King does not interfere in matters pertaining to the administration of his country and he has an independent judiciary manned by competent and upright judges to mete out justice. But what if the decision of the court was a blatant travesty of justice? And the court comprised of judges who took their oath of office in his presence. How could he just sit back and not do anything while the whole world was questioning the wisdom of the court's decision?
Sometimes these judges have erred so badly that even the fisherman's son was not surprised that it attracted negative world attention. If he didn't have a clue about what went wrong, then surely he could consult some wise legal men. Then tell his PM and her husband (sorry)...tell the husband of Rosmah to advice him accordingly so that he could reverse the decision. Those judges have reasons to decide the way they did, but if the decision went against justice, ignoring it in the name of non-interference is not an option.
Then what about Major Zaidi Ahmad who, while serving under the king as the supreme commander of the armed forces, was charged and later sacked from the air force for filing a police report on the inferior quality of the indelible ink used during GE13? Not even a sneeze was heard from the supreme commander aka our King!
Does not the Agong not want to know why Rosmah has use of the government jet for her shopping forays and while on holidays? I mean if the Agong's wife does not get to use the government jet to go anywhere....how come Rosmah can? Not only potong jalan but lawan towkay also!
Maybe all this high finance stuff might be above the Agong's ability to comprehend (nothing to be shy about ...even I have problems trying to understand the mess myself...aiyah too many zelos ma!) but surely he can get somebody to explain everything to him? At the very least the King should understand that when he loans money to someone and they do not pay it back on the day it was due there may be something wrong about his credit situation. Now if he does it the second tine then he knows something is wrong. If the King can understand this then he should ask his PM what is happening with 1MDB. Got money or not to pay?
What about Razak Baginda and Altanatuya?
Would not the Agong want to know how come Najib as the then Minister of Defense choose his acquaintance/friend/fuck buddy (cross out whichever you feel is not appropriate) to award/give/negotiate/gift (cross out what you think is not appropriate) the purchase of the submarine from the French? Did it not show bad judgement at the very best and at worse, Najib was complicit in defrauding Mindef (which was then under his watch) to enrich an undeserving, sexually promiscuous philandering husband (this time no need to cross out anything - all verbs used appropriately!) Muslim friend of his with RM500 million?
All the Agong does is stand at attention while all these high government officials swear their allegiance to him. Of course he is better dressed that those swearing their allegiance to him
but please lah after all that swearing should not the Agong swear back when these same officials makes a mockery of what they have sworned to do for King and Country?
What do these officials think of the Agong?
They might as well be swearing allegiance to a tree, a stone or even a monkey because none of them would be bothered if those swearing the allegiance say one thing and do another. In Bolehland the PM and his Ministers must be smirking while swearing allegiance to the King for they know that all that swearing means nothing!
Kalau aku panggil orang yang jadi Agong ni bodoh dia marah pulak (translation: aiyah these King sometimes we call him stupid he gets angry one!). The king certainly has a role to play in protecting the sovereignty and dignity of the country and its people. Now is as good as any to start with that role.
With Thanks to KSA.