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Perak sultan: Courts cannot find fault with transparent govts

IPOH, 21 July 2009: So long as any government or authority administers in accordance with the law in an open and transparent manner, no court can find fault with that government or authority, the sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, said today.

However, he said, this would not be the case if there were judges who had no integrity, or who chose to be political, or sympathised with any group or political thought.

The heaviest and most major test for a judge is in remaining impartial, especially in terms of emotion and inclination, he said when opening a special seminar on the federal constitution organised by the Perak state secretariat here.

As such, he added, it is necessary to safeguard the role of the judiciary as a professional and independent body of integrity.


Sultan Azlan Shah
“Judges hold great responsibility in upholding the rule of law and integrity of the courts, and their failure to do so will result in an imbalance. The loyalty of judges is to justice in accordance with the law.

“In fulfilling this responsibility, judges are exposed to public evaluation because there is in place a higher mechanism in the courts, with a panel of more judges, to review judgments,” he said.

Sultan Azlan Shah said the perpetuation of the institution of monarchy is not only to the extent of fulfilling historical values and sentimental values of the people. The ruler has a role to ensure the effectiveness of the check-and-balance mechanism, which can help strengthen the institution of democracy, he said.

“As the head of state, the ruler serves as the pillar of stability, source of justice, core of solidarity and umbrella of unity. Implicitly, the perpetuation of the institution of monarchy is the continued retention of the identity of a government buttressed by the Malays.

“The role, duties and responsibilities of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as well as those of the Malay rulers are based on the concept of the constitutional monarchy.”

This meant that the rulers have sovereign power and responsibility in accordance with the law, and that a ruler is a ruler, whether in absolute or constitutional terms, he said.

Sultan Azlan Shah said the difference between rulers and judges is that one has unlimited power while the other’s power lies in accordance with the constitution, but it would be a mistake to assume that the power of a ruler is similar to that of a president, who is bound by the constitution.

“The role of a ruler far exceeds that expressed in the constitution,” he said.

The sultan said the implied spirit behind the formulation of the federal constitution was to develop a stable, peaceful, united and prosperous independent nation, which would be achieved through the solidarity and unity of a people of various religions, ethnic groups and cultures, and speaking different languages.

“The constitution has been so formulated so as to ensure that justice prevails, and that it equally protects the strong and the weak, the majority and the minority, the administrators and the administered, the rulers and the people,” he said.

The sultan said there was consensus that every Malaysian citizen is guaranteed protection in a fair and just manner, while acknowledging the fact that the indigenous people lag far behind in terms of socioeconomic progress, wealth, ownership of property and skills.

As such, the Malays and other bumiputera are given an assurance through special allocations that give them privileges, he said.

“At the same time, non-Malays who had immigrated to this country, who consider it as their home and pledge their loyalty to the king and country, have been accepted as Malaysian citizens,” he added.

Sultan Azlan Shah said the federal constitution was drawn up in the spirit of negotiation, understanding, the desire to unite the people, and the objective of shaping an independent and a sovereign nation-state.

For the sake of peace and prosperity, a culture of living based on the spirit of the constitution should be inculcated in the people — a spirit that accorded respect to the law and respected law-enforcement institutions, he said.

“If this basic principle is not adhered to any longer and is to be set aside due to attempts to assimilate foreign cultural influences, it is feared that the country will degenerate into anarchy. In the end, the history of the nation, peace and prosperity will remain just that — history,” he said. — Bernama

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12 Responses to “Perak sultan: Courts cannot find fault with transparent govts”

  1. PM says:

    Professionalism, integrity, politically impartial – Am I hearing things? Talking is cheap, it is the action that counts.

    So please dissolve the Perak State Assembly so that the people can decide who they want as their government, thus re-affirming the institution of democracy and constitutional monarchy. The people are evaluating, and have been evaluating since the overthrow of a duly elected Perak state government.

  2. elaine says:

    Exactly. Just waiting for all you said in theory to be translated into action and tested out in the laboratory of day to day living. Well done, Sultan of Perak- on paper, you always make sense.

  3. k c low says:

    Yes, the BN government is the most transparent in the world. A very corrupt-free government. So far none of their seniors were taken in by MACC for questioning. Former Selangor MB was cleared by MACC for any irregularities.

  4. kanna says:

    How sad that many among men do not practise what they preach.

  5. Muslim Soon says:

    Your Majesty. I just don’t understand you. All of Malaysia don’t understand you. Most of all, you don’t understand yourself. I think that says it all about your credibility. Please clean up the mess you caused in Perak and you have my respect again.

  6. JS says:

    “At the same time, non-Malays who had immigrated to this country, who consider it as their home and pledge their loyalty to the king and country, have been accepted as Malaysian citizens,” he added.

    This is ridiculous if he is referring to Chinese and Indians who were born in Malaysia.

  7. D Lim says:

    “A spirit that accorded respect to the law and respected law-enforcement institutions.” I would like to comment that respect works both ways. How can we respect ‘law enforcement institutions’ if they blatantly abused their authority? Is it the public’s fault if the so-called institutions failed in their duty of care and justice and henceforth projects a bad image to the public? I agree that institutions are in place to ensure stability, law and order. But you cannot enforce law and order if you are seen to be partial, discriminatory, corrupted and arrogant. Personally, I have had bad experiences with the police and it had left an extremely bad taste in my mouth. Unfortunately, this experience has clouded my perception of the institutions we ordinary people have to deal and live with every day. Is it my fault?

  8. anthony stiven says:

    The sultan and son seem good in preaching but comes to putting words to action they have failed i.e. to restore the elected government in Perak.

  9. zorro says:

    Please review the Perak case so that justice is delivered to MB Nizar, MB of the Perakians. PS: Sarawak is watching.

  10. zorro says:

    Japan’s PM Taro Aso has apologised for bad governance. Maybe Najib should learn from him.

  11. stk says:

    Please do the walking and stop the talking. Actions will definetely speak louder than words.Too much talk no matter how good, means nothing to us. Please do what you preach.

  12. tkwah says:

    Mirror, mirror on the wall.

    Hear what is not said.
    See what is not shown.

    Or is it.

    See what is not said.
    Hear what is not shown?


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