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Monday, October 17, 2011

'No human is perfect, not even the sultan'

Going by Islamic precepts, no human being - and that includes Malaysia’s royalty - are free from the tendency to commit errors, said Selangor PAS deputy commissioner Khalid Samad.

azlan"The principle is, no human is maksum (a trait reserved for holy prophets who are preserved by God from doing wrong), this includes the sultans.

"In a constitutional monarchy, the sultans have to follow the roles accorded to them. They cannot (exceed their powers).

"This is not an absolute monarchy. If it is, then the king would make the rules, the king may do whatever he wants."

Khalid, at a press conference in the Parliament lobby, was referring to debate over comments by constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari, on a recent statement by Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

This came out of the controversy involving the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department’s ‘inspection’ of an event organised by welfare NGO Harapan Komuniti, at which 12 Muslims were present.

Khalid was asked to state the Selangor PAS' stand on Abdul Aziz’s intention to sue Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia and former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamed for defamation, over their take on the law lecturer’s remarks.

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