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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guide To Respecting Sultans - For Dummies

by Farah Harith

Perak DAP chairman Dato' Ngeh Koo Ham should fully understand the federal constitution and the monarchy concept that is practiced in this country before expressing his personal opinion on matters pertaining to both.

Via his Twitter account, Ngeh has recently taken to criticizing MCA, a party that he described as 'subservient to Umno', and is now subservient to the Sultan of Johor.

"MCA is subservient to Umno, now subservient to Sultan. MCA can't make any stand on its own? How to represent the people?"

Ngeh was reportedly responding to Datuk Tee Siew Kiong who was appointed Johor state exco by the Johor Sultan.

Ngeh had criticize Tee's acceptance of the appointment following MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek's earlier announcement that MCA will not be taking up any state or federal government position as a result of the component party's poor showing in the recent 13th general election (GE13).

Upon Tee's acceptance, MCA said his appointment fell under the Sultan's authority.

However, Ngeh is of the opinion that, by accepting the Sultan's appointment, MCA is subservient to the Sultan, therefore is unable to represent the people.

What Ngeh has to realize is that, a party's acceptance of a Sultan's decree does not in any way hinder the party from serving the people.

Tee accepted the appointment, pointing out that while he is an MCA representative, he is also a Johorean who respects the Sultan’s wishes.

It was earlier reported that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar had wanted a Chinese representative in the state exco, despite MCA announcing they were going to decline state or federal government posts.

Meanwhile, in another attempt to rile up the country's constitution, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh had recently said there was no longer a need for the Senate.

Quoted by theSun, he had said: "There is no need for the senate. It is an unnecessary expense required to be borne by the people. It does not serve a useful purpose."

Presenting yet another example that indicates his preference for the system practiced in Singapore, Karpal said, like the republic, a house with a single legislative chamber would suit public interest better.

It is also important to highlight Karpal's non-interest in accepting titles given by the royalty. While the practice of titles is a commonplace in this country, DAP has always taken the stand of declining titles bestowed by royalties.

Ngeh, however, carries a Datukship. He was awarded the Darjah Dato' Paduka Mahkota Perak, which carries the title Dato', in 2008.

There were some initial dissatisfaction within the DAP's central executive committee (CEC) on Ngeh accepting the title, in a report by English daily The Star last November, Ngeh had said he understood that the party was against class creation through titles.

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