FEB 28 — Let’s get one thing straight. The Agong or any of the Malay Rulers may have a special position under the Constitution but they are not God.
For God-fearing Malaysians, only the Almighty is infallible. With that concept set out (for the benefit of Utusan Malaysia and its English cousin, The Star) I would like to address the current debate on whether Teoh Beng Hock’s family have disrespected the Agong by not being party to the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Former judge Shaik Daud says the family has disrespected the institution. I don’t think so because it was always going to be possible for them to walk away from a commission hearing they did not institute (done by government) or agree with.
If we are to accept Shaik’s argument, should we also say that the governments of Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak have disrespected the Agong because they did not implement fully findings of the royal commission on the police or the findings of the VK Lingam commission?
In fact, it seems to me that the Agong should be angry with the government because whenever they find themselves in a bind, they go for an RCI but are very lame-willed about implementation.
By doing so, they have made the RCI a laughing stock. In the Teoh case, the RCI is stocked with judges and government officials.
So I do wonder who is really disrespecting the Agong?
* Jacob Sinnathamby reads The Malaysian Insider.
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