Tunku Kamil Ikram
July 24, 2016
No one has talked about how the rulers and the royal families should behave, post US DOJ revelations/court filings and asset seizures.
As a senior member of the Negeri Sembilan royal family…my grand father Tuanku Sir Abdul Rahman was Malaysia’s first king, I would like to throw my hat in the ring, and offer the following advise:
1. That the current Yang DiPertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim, immediately call together his brother rulers (without their attending menteri besar’s) for an extraordinary session of the Council of Rulers, and table a motion for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, made up of law-makers and diplomats and respected members of the community, who will be tasked with determining if criminal and civil charges should be brought against the current prime minister, members of his cabinet and his immediate family.
Within the royal families alone there are sufficient members who are very conversant in Malaysian and International law, and they should be co-opted into an inner circle of advisors, who will work with the rulers to ensure that this Royal Commission of Inquiry is given the full mandate to investigate locally and internationally.
2. In the interim the King should direct the prime minister to take an indefinite leave of absence, pending the outcome of the Royal Commission.
Further, the Council of Rulers must resolve that they will provide on-going oversight into State matters to ensure that land and mineral rights are preserved, pending the outcome of this royal commission.
3. As Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces the King, and his brother rulers (who are commanders of different arms of the armed forces) need to ensure that the armed forces remain loyal to the Constitution and to uphold the rule of law and security of the country.
4. Where states, particularly in East Malaysia, do not have a Sultan or royal family, the King must work to ensure that their rights under the Constituation are upheld and preserved, to prevent wholesale stripping of land, mineral and other rights via the armed forces.
WE NEED TO ACT OR BECOME SIDELINED!
The foregoing is by no means an exhaustive list of what the Royals should and could do, but provides the basis for them to act…lest this institution becomes irrelevant, and replaced by a republic, as witnessed in neighboring countries.