“This is the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s pride. If there is no respect for the BN and Umno, who else will respect them? Barisan Nasional has won the election, therefore the appointment by the coalition party should not be questioned.”
Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, on Raja Perlis Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail’s decision to appoint Bintong assemblyperson Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as Perlis Menteri Besar following the March 2008 general election. Shahidan speculated that other BN politicians had a hand in influencing the palace (Source: BN members behind decision, says Shahidan, The Star, 14 March 2008).
Shahidan was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s choice for Perlis MB, and had previously served in that capacity. He was later rebuked by the Perlis royalty for his disrespect.
“The palace has to accept Barisan Nasional’s decision as it is in accordance with our constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democratic system.”
Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, criticising Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin’s surprise decision to appoint Kijal assemblyperson Datuk Ahmad Said as Terengganu Menteri Besar, after a 14-day deliberation. The state’s Umno leaders, in retaliation, stripped Ahmad Said of his party membership, and threatened to boycott the swearing-in ceremony (Source: MB crisis deepens in Terengganu, Malaysiakini, 23 March 2008).
Like Shahidan, Idris was the former MB for his state. Prime Minister Abdullah decried Sultan’s decision as unconstitutional, but later relented.
“Surely you can’t question the wisdom of Sultan Azlan Shah. His decision has to be respected…this certainly can be seen as tainting the name of the Sultan and an act of treason.”
Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, chastising DAP chairperson Karpal Singh for wanting to take legal action against the Perak ruler, Sultan Azlan Shah. The monarch had assented to a BN take-over of the state (It’s treason, says Muhyiddin, The Star, 8 Feb 2009).
Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz called Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin’s refusal to resign as Perak MB as “wanton disrespect towards the ruler”. Umno Youth led a demonstration in defence of the Sultan’s honour, where placards bearing slogans like “Don’t Insult Our Ruler”, “Drive Nizar Out of Perak” and “Daulat Tuanku” were sighted.