The Federal Court decision today will lead to a situation where there could be “absolute monarchy” in
, claimed former menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin. “An illegitimate government which did not follow the rules of parliamentary democracy has been supported by the judicial institution. This is sad as it would lead to other consequences.” Malaysia
.........Like what Pandora's gynaecologist found out.......
Professor Abdul Aziz Bari, constitutional law expert
It is bad news for democracy for the court has reduced the constitution - which sought to put in place a democratic government - to a mere legal document. One wonders whether judges really understood the concept of responsible government.
The court in this instance has added another case to a list of cases that go against the very idea of constitutionalism and democracy, which stand at the very heart of the constitution. It is a pity that the court took a literal and pedantic approach that throws democracy out of the window.
Zaid Ibrahim, former law minister and Pakatan coordinator
As I said before, our judges in the upper echelon of the judiciary will continue to fail the people of this country. Today, the principles governing parliamentary democracy and the rule of law have been sacrificed because they have to please the political masters.
I hope the BN leaders in the midst of their celebrations realise the significance of the ruling. It means that the monarch can refuse the appointment of a menteri besar chosen by the party in power (as in Terengganu) but now can dismiss the lawful menteri besar if he so chooses. Another black day for the country.
Today, let it be a lesson that we may have the numbers but acting individually, we are still weak and easily crushed. Just like they say " Lidi sebatang senang dipatah, tidak bagi lidi seberkas". It is time for the masses to regroup and find common causes that binds us together. Yes, we lose the battle but definitely we are going to win the war...
As D'nightcaller sees it HERE
DANG! Nothing like a lamb-shank to get rid of this awful taste!