KJ John | Tuanku – I humbly disagree
As a Malaysian citizen I have no problem accepting and agreeing that we need traditional rulers, we call ‘sultans;’ to help moderate issues and concerns of the peoples of Malaysia. Nonetheless, I have serious problems and issues with sultans who ignore the real needs of people but support the power-brokers around the palace; as if they have more rights than other equally legitimate citizens.
All sultans need to understand that we are a constitutional monarchy; not just a traditional one. Therefore the federal constitution defines what are the roles of the rulers and the limits of their authority and power.
I therefore write this ‘bitter truth’ column to explicate and clarify our understanding about who is the Conference of Rulers and what is the real history of the nine sultans of Malaya.
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