No one man is bigger than Malaysia



No man is bigger than Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

Bahawasanya negara kita Malaysia mendukung cita-cita hendak:

– Mencapai perpaduan yang lebih erat di kalangan seluruh masyarakatnya;

– Memelihara satu cara hidup demokratik;

– Mencipta satu masyarakat adil di mana kemakmuran Negara akan dapat dinikmati bersama secara adil dan saksama;

– Menjamin satu cara liberal terhadap tradisi-tradisi kebudayaannya yang kaya dan berbagai corak; dan

– Membina satu masyarakat progresif yang akan menggunakan sains dan teknologi moden.

Maka kami, rakyat Malaysia, berikrar akan menumpukan seluruh tenaga dan usaha kami untuk mencapai cita-cita tersebut berdasarkan atas prinsip-prinsip yang berikut :


If you are a Malaysian and hold dear the fact that this is your country, then these words will ring true. We are taught this the very minute we enter the larger Malaysian society – primary school.

If you need those words to be translated to another language other than Bahasa Malaysia for you to understand it, then shame on you.

The Rukunegara is our pledge of allegiance to Malaysia and it’s people. It is not a pledge to stay blindly loyal to our elected leaders, nor is it an oath to put full faith in one political party.

What it means is for us Malaysians to strive to do whatever it takes to achieve our ambitions of creating a country that is united, democratic, fair, just, liberal and progressive.

This pledge and ambition transcends any individual or political party no matter how influential he or they are. This is bigger than what many people can even imagine.

What matters is that we need to respect and preserve the institutions that is sacred to the country. However, the way the system works in Malaysia makes it very challenging.

The executive holds an abundance of power that even trumps the legislature and judiciary branches of government. Ideally, all three branches act independent of each other.

Although the system in Malaysia is suppose to have separation of powers between the branches, it isn’t really clear. Members of the executive (the Cabinet) are also members of the legislature.

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister plays an influence in the appointment of the many positions of power in all three of these branches. It’s just the way politics in this country is structured.

So it is absolutely legal from a technical point of view that the Prime Minister builds a team or Cabinet that is aligned with him and his leadership.

This is all legal according to the Federal Constitution, at least until the next General Election is held where it is required by law to have a new government elected by the people.

However, according to Article 40 (2) of the Federal Constitution, the Yang Di Pertuan Agong has the authority to act on his discretion to appoint the Prime Minister or dissolve Parliament.

This can happen in a scenario where the Prime Minister fails to command the confidence of the members in Parliament. Or, as stated above, just based on the discretion of the YDP Agong.

So, if and when we see Malaysia stumbling  in times of scandalous and controversial crisis, we just need to take a step back and relook at our priorities.

It is not about the Prime Minister nor is it about any political party. It is about is preserving an institution that has been put in place to ensure the success of the country and it’s people.

[This article originally appeared at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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