Malaysiakini Opinion

Finding the right approach to royal controversies

Nathaniel Tan  |  Published on  |  Modified on

COMMENT | Two cases of some interest recently emerged. The first is the alleged story that Daim Zainuddin summoned Chief Justice Mohd Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin to his private office and demanded they resign.

The second involves writer A Kadir Jasin, his views on the monarchy, and reactions thereto. Surrounding these issues are questions of propriety, locus standi, and of course, the actual issues themselves.

On the whole, if the allegations are true regarding Daim, I agree with former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram and lawyer Ramkarpal Singh, that this was highly improper.

Daim has been called upon to perform a great many services to the country, and he appears to be answering the call with relish. I believe there is nothing wrong in acknowledging his present contributions (without necessarily forgetting his past controversies), and some of his new ideas are surprisingly progressive - including most recent suggestions about a basic income for the poor.

Nevertheless, surely he must appreciate the importance of what is proper and improper in the halls of governance and power.

However, controversial the appointment of the two top judges were, I agree that two wrongs don’t make a right and that if they are going to step down, everything must be done by the book, by the people correctly authorised and positioned to do so.

Some feel that Kadir...

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