SHAH ALAM: Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is saddened by certain quarters who question the special privileges of the Malays, the relevance of the Malay royal institution and its role in the country’s administration.
He said their intent, for the constitutional monarchy system to be scrutinised and reappraised, with the excuse that the country had undergone modernisation and the current system was no longer suitable, was unjustifiable.
Senator Tunku A Aziz as early as 2Nov 2010 touched on this:
“I can understand the rulers’ unease and apprehension after what Mahathir did to denigrate and run their institution into the ground, spewing filthy lies and uncharitable innuendoes against them individually and collectively. And, generally, he succeeded in causing public disaffection. Why was he not charged?
The rulers seemed, at that time, to have accepted Mahathir’s lese majeste without a murmur and UMNO, now their avowed protectors, went along with, and did nothing to restrain, Mahathir’s megalomaniac excesses against their own rulers.”–Tunku A. Aziz
“RESPECT CONSTITUTION” screamed the New Sunday Times front page. There is really no need for the “Malay rulers” to have undue misgivings about their humble subjects occasionally dipping into the Constitution and questioning some aspect or other they do not fully understand.
Common, ordinary people like me are not Constitutional experts, unlike at least one of their Highnesses. Fear us not because we are not thinking even remotely of storming the Bastille. Such an unworthy thought has never crossed our minds, and certainly not mine.
Tenku Aziz continues HERE