HRH The Raja of Perlis has consented to the appointment of Bintong state assemblyman Md Isa Sabu as the new Menteri Besar of Perlis, replacing the former MB Shahidan Kassim.
Shahidan claimed that he had the Prime Minister's consent to continue as the MB, if this is so, then HRH The Raja of Perlis has apparently chosen to ignore it.
Some political observers are reported to have said that the situation could perhaps lead to a constitutional crisis.
How can their be a constitutional crisis, when the Constitutional Law of Perlis permits this appointment?
"The confidential secretary to the Raja Perlis, Mohd Adib Zakaria who distributed the statement to that effect to reporters in front of Istana Siraj, said the appointment was made under Article 39 (2) of the Laws of the Constitution of Perlis.
Under this provision, the ruler shall appoint a person who he thinks has the confidence of the majority of the members of the state assembly to become the Menteri Besar to head the state government.
“Based on this provision and after being satisfied with his ability to garner the support of the majority of the state assemblymen, His Royal Highness has consented to appoint Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu as the Menteri Besar of Perlis effective March 14 2008,” he said.
Dr Md Isa was a Perlis state executive councillor until 2004 when he was not re-nominated to contest in the general election that year. He was nominated to contest in Bintong in the general election last Saturday and won the seat by defeating PAS’ Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir with a majority of 2,110 votes. He polled 4,882 votes against Mohd Anuar’s 2,772."
O diem praeclarum!
-Oh what a beautiful day!