KUANTAN, 12 Feb 2009: The Former People’s Representatives Council (Mubarak) has urged Umno as the pillar of the Malays to debate a motion on the immunity of the Malay Rulers during its General Assembly in March.
Mubarak deputy president Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Rahman said the monarchy institution seemed to have been made fun of by certain people, and Umno should be responsible in reinstating the immunity.
He was confident that when the immunity had been reinstated, no one could bring a sultan to court.
“We are angry when DAP chairperson Karpal Singh wants to take a court action against Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak following the political scenario in the state but at the same time we have forgotten why he dares to do so.
“The time has come, we have to realise and reinstate the immunity to its original position so that people continue to uphold the sovereignty of the Malay Rulers’ institution,” he told reporters here today.
Aziz said the Malay Malaysians’ understanding on the Malay Rulers’ Institution seemed to be on the decline and it had to be strengthened again.
He said the Federal Government in 1993 decided to reduce the immunity of the Malay Rulers so that a Sultan or Ruler could be taken to court in a criminal or civil case and the Malay Malaysians at the time seemed to have supported the move on the grounds that their position would not be affected.
“With the incident that happens presently, it is very necessary for us to get back under the umbrella of the Rulers’ Institution, not merely for the Malay Malaysians but also all races in the country,” he said.
He said Umno could also bring the issue to Parliament so that the Dewan Rakyat could reach a two-third consensus to reinstate the immunity power to its original position. — Bernama