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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

When did I ever 'INSULT' Selangor Sultan - PKR's Gooi refutes police reports filed by Umno groups

When did I ever 'INSULT' S'gor Sultan - PKR's Gooi refutes police reports filed by Umno groups
PKR Alor Setar MP Gooi Hsiao Leung is in hot water over his call to reform the Selangor constitution to avoid another menteri besar crisis.
But this does not stop the first-term parliamentarian from continuing to speak up and uphold the Federal Contitution as the supreme law of the country.
"I have never insulted the sultan, nor have I ever challenged his decision to appoint Azmin Ali as the new Selangor menteri besar," Gooi said in a statement.
"Challenging the appointment does not arise at all as my party has already accepted Azmin's appointment."
Gooi (left) was referring to a police report lodged against him by Kota Raja Umno Youth over his statement on Sept 24 urging Pakatan to initiate reforms to the Selangor state constitution to avoid another crisis in appointing menteri besar in future.
Gooi was alleged to have questioned the sultan's decision in appointing Azmin Ali as the new MB, thus insulting the ruler.
He was also accused of acting seditiously in calling for reforms to limit the sultan's powers.
A lawyer, Gooi said his statement was a response to the explanation of Mohamad Munir Bani, the ruler's private secretary, on Azmin's appointment.
Palace didn't allay confusion
He believes that Mohamad Munir's explanation did not allay public confusion as he had failed to explain why PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was not appointed as the menteri besar, despite enjoying majority support of the House.
"Azmin's appointment had caused further public confusion not only because the person who commanded the majority support did not get appointed but the menteri besar appointed by the palace did not even have his name put forward and nominated by any of the three Pakatan parties to the palace to be chosen as menteri besar," Gooi said.
"Like many others in the country, I am only seeking to understand how the palace arrived at the decision.
"It was a total departure from the constitutional requirement that the menteri besar to be appointed must be one who enjoys the majority confidence and support of the state assembly," he added.
Gooi said he was merely urging Azmin to review the state constitution and to better and clearer define the role of the ruler so as to avoid a similar crisis and confusion in future.
He added that it was then entirely up to the state government to determine if such review was necessary. -M'kini

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