PM Mathathir: Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, not absolute | #AsiaNewsNetwork

KUALA LUMPUR: (The Star / ANN) – Malaysia is a country that practices constitutional, not absolute monarchy, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

Dr Mahathir’s remarks come shortly after the statement by Sultan of Johor Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, who asked some circles to stay out of state affairs.

“We have said that the federated states practice a system of constitutional monarchy, not absolute monarchy,” said Dr Mahathir.

He said that although Johor may have their own state constitution, they have agreed to become part of the country’s administrative system.

“If we assume that the prime minister or mentri besar is chosen by the king, then we are not a democratic country.

“It is because the rakyat chose the party which has the right to choose the MB – and if the right of the Rakyat is denied, we are no longer a democracy.

“We will become a country which practices absolute monarchy,” said the Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir suggested that there should be debates on whether to accept the current system of constitutional monarchy.

“If that (the party’s right to choose MB) is abolished, then we can suppress the general election,” he added.

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