Johor's sultan: Restore powers of rulers

Sultan Ibrahim, seen here in this file photo, was speaking at the opening of the 2016 Conference of Parliamentary and State Assembly Speakers of Malaysia.
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JOHOR BAHRU - Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar hopes the Federal Government will rectify the amendments to the Federal Constitution involving the powers of the monarchy.

Sultan Ibrahim said the amendments to remove their immunity had been made for political or individual interests.

"I hope that this could be rectified," said Sultan Ibrahim.

His Highness said this in his royal address at the opening of the three-day 2016 Conference of Parlia­mentary and State Assembly Speakers of Malaysia at Persada Johor International Convention Centre here on Saturday.

Sultan Ibrahim said that under the Federal Constitution and State constitutions, the legislature is made up of two components - the King and Parliament at the federal level and the Sultan and state legislative assemblies at the state level.

"It is not proper to limit or abolish the power of the King or the Sultan in examining and giving their Royal Assent for laws.

"This just reduces the role of the King and the Sultans to mere rubber stamps for laws passed by the Parliament or the state legislative assemblies."

He said that in the past, the Malays united against the Malayan Union when the power of the Malay rulers was reduced and they were forced to accept British advisers.

But now a Malay political party has limited the power of the King to consider new laws, said Sultan Ibrahim.

Worse was the amendment forcing the King to accept the advice of the Cabinet, he added.

On Johor, Sultan Ibrahim said he did not interfere in the administration of the state.

He added that he has good relationship with Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

"I know many people are jealous of the relationship between us. My advice to them is jangan jaga tepi kain orang (don't be a busybody).

"I might be labelled as vocal but that is my style, even my royal address (for this event) was penned by me and not by the state government ... minta maaf jika saya tercakap lebih (I apologise if I said more than I should)," he added.