There seems to be no end in sight to the Perak crisis.The situation had gotten worse by the diverse interpretations and misinterpretations of the constitution.The latest cooking of the broth was one by Tommy Thomas, so-called constitutional expert and one of the counsels for the insolent Sivakumar. Are there lawyers who actually specialised in constitutional law in this country or just another one of those general practitioners?
A check on Tommy Thomas revealed he had been charged for contempt of court.The judgement of the Court Of Appeal is here.Those in Pakatan seem to court lawyers that have little respect for our judicial system.Those that make derogatory statements against the judiciary if judgement made were not in their favour.
The crisis in Perak is exacerbated mostly by lawyers or so-called legal minds giving their own interpretations of the law.The monarch, the judicial system and the powers that be have all been mauled and mercilessly dragged in the mud. Dialectic is gone and dead, replaced by act of confrontation and civil society that have gone bonkers with defiance and incivility. Even an ex-ISA detainee that has been released recently showed continued defiance and little respect for the law threatening the government to show his displeasure by going to the streets with thousands of his supporters. A wannabe hero the likes of Ghandi and Mendela except he is a ruffian and a troublemaker rather than a man of conscience, obviously seeking fame on the wrong platform.
The Perak crisis will not go away and if there is not going to be a dissolution soon the only possible solution is for the Sultan to prorogue the state assembly under Article 36.2 of the constitution until the court clear all the cases.The sitting menteri besar can seek the Sultan's indulgence for prorogation of the assembly with a time frame.
To be fair to both sides the court must show expediency to dispose off the cases as quickly as possible and whatever the judgement was both sides must show respect.
The Perak case have some similarity with the 2008-2209 Canadian political dispute where oppositions parties in the House of Commons planned to pass a vote of no confidence against the minority government formed by the Conservative Party only six weeks after a general elections.Prime Minister Stephen Harper requested the Governor-General to prorogue parliament thereby delaying a possible change in government. Dissolution was not considered as the Governor-General felt to put the Canadian people through an election before six months would have been irresponsible.
It has been slightly over a year since the general elections. Whether it is fair to drag the Perakians to the polls again would be a matter of interpretation.
Just an idea.