The circus that is the Perak State Assembly

It’s been almost three months since the last time I posted something on this blog.

Three long months later, it seems that the core political issue in Malaysia is STILL focused in Perak.

What we’ve seen in the past week or so, and in particular these past couple of days, has been nothing less than a circus.

We’ve seen screaming politicians (who call themselves the people’s representatives, tsk..tsk..) who try to talk over each other without even bothering to think of whether what they’re saying makes any sense. We’ve seen the police being called into the Dewan, which incidentally, I believe, is not allowed. We’ve seen a Speaker (or ousted Speaker, depending on which side of the political fence you’re on) being dragged, literally, out of the Dewan. We’ve seen state assemblypersons being man-handled INSIDE the Dewan.

And as if that’s not enough, we’ve seen a record number of people being arrested (69 if I’m not mistaken) for being at the wrong place at the wrong time wearing shirts with the wrong colour. We’ve seen lawyers being arrested for trying to do what it is that they’re supposed to be doing. We’ve seen people being arrested because they chose to eat breakfast at the wrong coffee shop. And it goes without saying that we’ve also seen a coffee shop needing to close down early (and therefore losing money) because it’s situated at the wrong location on that particular morning.

Then we’ve also seen people being arrested for buying and delivering a cake. We’ve seen someone being arrested for sedition because of organising a “wear black” day. We’ve seen people being arrested for being at vigils organised to show support for this person who organised the “wear black” day.

Have we seen it all?

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It is becoming increasingly difficult, impossible even, to imagine how the Perak state government will be run in the coming years before the next election (assuming that the assembly doesn’t get dissolved till the next GE). We now have a Speaker who is not recognised as legit by the other camp. We have a court case pending to decide on who exactly is the MB of Perak.

Which, to me, sets a very dangerous precedent.

When the decision by the Speaker to suspend 10 assemblypersons  from the Dewan was brought to court, challenged, and subsequently declared void, it put the first screw into the works.

No matter how screwed up one might think the system is, we have to understand that our country is supposed to function according to the Separation of Powers. It basically means that there are three independent (read: INDEPENDENT) bodies that function by themselves, without one taking over the other. The Legislature (the Dewan) is supposed to be independent from the Executive (the Cabinet/Exco), which is independent from the Judiciary (the Courts).

If the courts have now set a precedent that they can decide to over-rule the Speaker’s decision in the Dewan, are we actually seeing a complete end to the already weak Separation of Powers?

And now, if the courts can also decide which person is the legitimate Menteri Besar of Perak, does this mean that the Prime Minister’s position can also be challenged in the future, without needing to go through elections?

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10 Comments on “The circus that is the Perak State Assembly”

  1. Welcome back to cyberspace, Michelle, although I wish it had been during happier times. Still, your presence is much needed here and I believe the hiatus has done you well. You raised pertinent questions here. Well done!

    Take care and may God bless you.

    hugs and cheers

  2. Oldstock says:

    Michelle,

    Welcome back. The crazy things going on in Perak has tempted you to return. Looking forward to your postings.

  3. de minimis says:

    It’s good to have you back in blogging mode. Your views are always valued.

  4. walski69 says:

    Yes, the sordid saga that is Perak is indeed never ending. It just seems to get worse and worse as time goes by, doesn’t it?

    The only bright side is that it does provide a lot of material for comedy.

    And whatever decision the courts announce this Monday, I suspect it ain’t gonna be over, still. The situation in Perak has gotten so convoluted that the only way to overcome the impasse is a complete RESET.

    In any case, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens…

    Glad to see you still posting every now and again, incidentally…🙂

  5. Patricia says:

    Hi Michelle!

    So good to see you back!

    What can I add to what you say about Perak? Nothing, except to add to what Walski says: we need to hit the ‘reset’ button there!

    Looking forward to hearing more from you🙂

  6. Saint says:

    Without much fanfare, the lady is back!🙂

    The court cases in Perak alone will take years to untangle. The crime minister shot his entire foot off!

  7. anakpakross says:

    Haha … welcome back to the mud pool. Nothing much have changed since my dear. Still the same group, pro or against whatever thats happening, sometimes without any good reasons. Same old puppets that think they are independent (read INDEPENDENT). Must say, after 3 months rest, your views too hasn’t changed much!😉

    Hope for a better Malaysia. Welcome back!

  8. It’s a sad day for Perak, it’s even a sadder day for Malaysians.

  9. melayu boleh says:

    ermmm… i just read your blog.. nice info and good tips..

  10. bangmalaysia says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Its so good that you’re back. Welcome home. Its like a big void in blogosphere has again been filled.

    Yes the Perak fiasco has got everyone riled up. Almost every valued institution in this country has either been subverted or perverted with impunity by UMNO/BN. It has been sad to see the demise of democracy in Malaysia.

    Your sharp analysis and views are truly valued during these times of crisis.


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