Lately a lot of speculative words have been spilled at Malaysia Chronicle about whether Ong Tee Keat, the MP for Pandan and a former MCA president, is being positioned to be the next menteri besar of Selangor — the first Chinese to be menteri besar — after Barisan Nasional wins the next general election, of course. And of course, Barisan must first win the elections.
A Chinese as MB? Wow. It’s the talk of the town, says the Chronicle.
(Well, they did say no one gave it much credence.)
Then yesterday Jackson Ng shot down that story. » It’s impossible! A non-Malay cannot be MB! Here’s proof! (Screen shot from the Chronicle)
Aiyah. Must be Malay and Muslim ah? Like that how? Never fear, the Chronicle has the answer! Amend the constitution! BN must get the Sultan of Selangor to agree! And so the Chronicle went on to goreng the story a little bit more.
But, that’s based on reading only half a sentence. Don’t just read the second half of Article 51 (2). Look at the first half of the sentence. It says “Subject to Clause (4) of Article 53″…
Hallo kawan, that means: first you read Article 53 (4). Then you read Article 51 (2), ok?
Article 53 (4) says
See? If need be, the Sultan can ignore any restriction in the Constitution in choosing a menteri besar. He can appoint anyone. The Sultan is free to choose. “In his discretion”, he can, by law, ignore any part of the constitution. That means he can “in his discretion” even ignore the part that says “he is of the Malay Race and professes the Muslim religion” if in his opinion it is necessary to do so.
So if he wants, he can appoint Ong Tee Keat. It’s not impossible. It’s not make believe. It’s the law.
No need to amend the Constitution. The sultan can decide.
But is it politically realistic? That’s another story. Maybe the Chronicle have decided to goreng this story some more, to include all the facts, and tell a whole story, not a half baked one?
It’s not impossible.
Just make sure the story doesn’t get in the way of the facts.