Dato' Seri Abd Najib Tun Razak was reported to have said, “the Perak state assembly cannot be held because there has been a court action”. He further said, “we have to first establish the status of the Perak government in terms of the constitution”.
Surprisingly, it is only now that Najib realise the illegitimacy of the new Perak state government which he had crafted. From the statements of Najib, Zambry and his exco can now take a rest until such time the court decides the status of the new Perak government. Meanwhile, it is only proper that Nazir be reinstate the Menteri Besar (that is rightfully his), and to run the state government during the interim period, which will also resolve the salary payment to the rightful Menteri Besar.
Najib is still left with an option to retain Perak, if he is so desperate not to lose i.e. to declare a state of emergency in Perak, citing the prevailing constitutional crises. It will be foolish if he does this, and the consequence of such a declaration can be devastating to the state.
This is the third time Najib has failed the BN. The first two being his failure to win back Permatang Pauh and Kuala Trengganu by-elections. Should he now fail to win Perak through the constitutional and legal means, this may be a signal of his political demise. But being so close to being the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, surely his supporters within UMNO would be working hard to shove Najib popularity, despite the negativities about him, that has been drumming load outside UMNO.
There is no doubt that Najib will be the next Prime Minister, but will his term in office be smooth sailing? This will be interesting to watch.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted at 9.00 am Mar 1, 2009