"The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, as the supreme commander of the federation and armed forces, and the Malay rulers as the colonels-in-chief of all the formations and units, must step in," urged renowned constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari.
In light of constitutional abuses in the government crackdown against Bersih 2.0, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is legally bound to step in and safeguard the rakyat's interests, says renowned constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari.
"It is not about getting political or partisan but to save the country and the constitution," contended the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) lecturer, who has researched and written extensively on the subject.
He explained that as "guardian of the constitution", the King is duty-bound to protect it, as per his oath of office.
Abdul Aziz also believes the situation presents an opportunity for the King to return the spotlight to the institution of the monarchy, especially after the 2009 Perak political crisis and his own absence in 2007.
The police must get their priorities right; they are there to maintain public order in order for democracy to work. As of now it is just the reverse: the police are interfering with the political rights of the citizens.
According to UMNO’S
Banana Bernama, he also warned the police might detain participants under the Internal Security Act along with the possibility the organisers of the scheduled rally would be arrested, prior to July 9.
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