- Star headlined today, " No authority to fire. Counsel: Sultan can appoint MB but can’t remove him":
Nizar’s lead counsel Sulaiman Abdullah submitted hat while the Sultan was conferred the power to appoint a mentri besar, he did not have the same power to remove a sitting mentri besar. Sulaiman said: “It is well and good in appointing, that is entirely up to the Sultan but getting rid of the mentri besar is no longer the Ruler’s function – it is now up to the state council. That can only be done through a vote of no confidence in the House.”
- “Dr. M: Sultan has no power to remove MB” (Malaysiakini), “Dr M: MBs can only be removed through confidence vote” (Malaysian Insider), “Dr M: Ruler cannot remove head of govt” (Star online).
- The Dewan Negara President Tan Sri Dr. Abdul Hamid Pawanteh has called to resolve the Perak crisis by returning the mandate to the people. In the Star report, “Go back to the people, says senate head”, Dr. Abdul Hamid said “the political situation in Perak has reached a stage where it may be time to go back to the people”.
More and more people in the Barisan Nasional are coming round to the view that the best solution to the Perak crisis is to dissolve the State Assembly and hold Perak state general election to return the mandate to Perakians to vote the state government they want, even though very few are brave enough to speak publicly.
For this reason, I wish to appeal to the Sultan of Perak to dissolve the Perak State Assembly BEFORE its sitting tomorrow to end the three-month constitutional and political stalemate in Perak so that the people of Perak and Malaysia can single-mindedly focus on a united strategy to tide the country through the worst global economic crisis in a century.