King’s Efforts to Resolve Political Crisis Highlight Role of Constitutional Monarchy | Malaysia

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah addresses members of the media in Istana Negara on February 25, 2020. – Photo by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, February 28 – Le Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, is making considerable efforts to ensure that the current political crisis in the country is resolved in the best possible way.

The sovereign spares no effort to find the solution, guided by the powers conferred on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong office in accordance with the Federal Constitution.

Article 43 (2) (a) of the Federal Constitution states that “the Yang di-Pertuan Agong first appoints Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to chair the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who, in his judgment, is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of this House.

Following an attempt on Sunday to form a new coalition government with various partners, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government collapsed after one of its partners, Bersatu, withdrew from the group which also includes the PKR, the DAP and Amanah.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also resigned as Prime Minister on Monday. Within hours, the king appointed him acting prime minister and revoked the appointments of the deputy prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers and political secretaries.

Even as political parties on both sides of the divide embarked on a series of negotiations to form a coalition government, the king, in his own way, struggled to determine who commands the majority in Dewan Rakyat, highlighting the role of the monarch in solving difficult problems.

Her Majesty conducted a laborious one-on-one interview with all MPs for two days starting Tuesday to get their comments on who they considered the best candidate for the next prime minister.

The king’s wisdom in making such painstaking efforts to resolve the crisis clearly reflects the flourishing of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy in the country.

Universiti Malaya socio-political analyst Professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi has said he sees Al-Sultan Abdullah as a wise leader who is in no rush to make decisions.

“Although the people may fear the political crisis and are anxious to know what will follow, the king has chosen to deal with the crisis in a systematic manner to ensure that the solution is found by consensus on the basis of specific principles.

“Her Majesty’s way of dealing with the crisis has strengthened the confidence of people who realize that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is there for them no matter what,” he told Bernama.

Awang Azman said that Al-Sultan Abdullah’s wisdom in handling the crisis opened the eyes of the people to the importance of the institution of the monarchy in maintaining peace, harmony and security in the country.

Professor Assoc Prof Mohd Izani Mohd Zain of Universiti Putra Malaysia said he believes Al-Sultan Abdullah’s spirit of collaboration in seeking the views of all MPs should serve as an example for all. , especially politicians, tackling problems collectively for the best solution.

It should be noted that the King today called a special meeting of the Conference of Sovereigns to discuss the crisis, thus demonstrating his conviction in collective decisions.

Mohd Izani does not expect the king to call an election as the main solution to the crisis as many factors will then come into play, such as time and cost, pointing out that the last general election, in 2018, cost around $ 500 million. RM.

“In addition, calling an election will not necessarily be the best solution,” he said.

The Istana Negara today issued a statement saying that the palace will provide an opportunity for parties represented in Dewan Rakyat to nominate candidates for the post of prime minister.

This reflects the king’s patience in dealing with the crisis, ensuring that nothing is overlooked to achieve the best solution. – Bernama

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