PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail delivers her speech at
the party’s fifth national congress
SHAH ALAM, 29 Nov 2008: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wants to restore the royal veto power and the dignity of the constitutional monarchy.
That restoring of veto power means the Agong will have the discretion to reject certain types of legislation passed in Parliament before they are gazetted and enforced as laws.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the present system gives absolute power to the prime minister, but the party believes in the constitutional monarchy.
“PKR is prepared to restore the immunity of the royalty in the spirit of constitutional monarchy,” she said in her speech at the opening of the party’s fifth national congress here today.
Later in a press conference, Wan Azizah clarified that the party does not support the restoration of absolute immunity of the royalty as called for by the Regent of Negeri Sembilan, Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar, recently.
To a question in the press conference, deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali further explained that the party wants only the restoration of veto legislation power to royalty, and will not touch on restoring royal immunity from prosecution.
He said after Article 181 of the Federal Constitution was amended in 1984, bills passed in Parliament can automatically become laws after 30 days, regardless of whether the Agong assents to them or not.
“We’re talking about the dignity of the royalty,” Syed Husin said.
Earlier, de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in his speech that the Pakatan Rakyat would start mobilising its members and elected representatives to campaign in Sarawak for the state election that is expected to take place next year.
He said it is important for the Pakatan Rakyat — made up of PKR, DAP and PAS — to work extremely hard to gain the trust of the people in Sarawak.
“Let’s witness a big change in Sarawak,” he said.
A total of 1,921 eligible delegates and 118 observers attended the congress, which ends tomorrow.
Former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former Barisan Nasional component party Sabah Progressive Party leader Datuk Yong Teik Lee were also present.